Lewis and Clark Exploration - Mili and Juliana
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Thomas Jefferson was curious about the American West and wanted to find a northwest passage to Asia. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were chosen by Jefferson as co-leaders of the journey.
Their goals were to explore and map the Missouri River and to find a navigable water route to the Pacific Ocean.
Here are your instructions.
Jefferson gave them objects to trade with and gifts to present to any unknown Native American tribes they met.
Also note the soil conditions, plant life, and animals that you see. Here, take this.
Lewis was told to investigate ports from which to engage in sea trade with Asia and. He wanted them to reach the Pacific and was confident that they would do so.
We'll have to cross the Rocky Mountains to reach the Pacific Ocean.
Jefferson's predictions were correct; Lewis and Clark did reach the Pacific Ocean. But his dream of a route from St. Louis west to Asia by water was not recognized.
Yay!!! I knew these men could do it!!!
The Lewis and Clark expedition as well as the Louisiana Purchase gave all Americans who were ready for more open space hope that it was possible. It gave the US a lot of new information on the the area and on new species of life. It also helped America get closer to reaching California.
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