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by Kevin Toledo, Period 2
LEWIS and CLARK
Meriwether Lewis was an explorer, soldier, and politician who was very independent. He was born in Ivy, Virginia on August 18, 1774, which means he was only 28 years old when he went on the expedition.
William Clark was an explorer and soldier. He was born in Ladysmith, Virginia on August 1st, 1770, which means he was only 33 when he joined the expedition. Clark was personally recruited by Lewis specifically for the expedition.
Their mission on the expedition was to discover a method of communication and commerce with Asia through the Pacific Ocean. To do this, they were to follow the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. However, they soon branched off from the Mississippi River to the Missouri River.
On the expedition, Lewis discovered and logged new species of animals, including the prairie dog. They also recruited new members on the expedition, including a Native American woman who acted as a translator, and whose brother was the chief of the Shoshone tribe, helping the expedition immensely.
Most importantly, however, Lewis and Clark never argued on a crucial decision. However, despite this, one person died on the expedition: Sergeant Floyd, in August of 1804. Yet the expedition still pushed onward, carrying their supplies everywhere they went.
The expedition ended in September of 1806, and 3 years later, Lewis took his own life from depression. He used a gun to shoot himself multiple times, once in the head and once in the stomach.
Personally, the film presented to us helped me gain a better understanding of the expedition than if I were to do my own research online. I would recommend the film to anyone if they're trying to find a quick and easy way to learn about the expedition.
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