Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition

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  • May 13, 1804 Camp Dubois, Missouri
  • Jefferson, in 1803, gave Lewis and Clark a list of instructions and supplies to bring on their expedition. Now, in 1804, Clark is going through the list to make sure he has the needed supplies for their journey including boats, compasses, gunas, handkerchiefs, and shirts.
  • "Boats and everything Complete"
  • May 14, 1804 Wood River, Illinois
  • “All the preparations being completed, we left our encampment. This spot is at the mouth of the Wood River...opposite to the entrance of the Missouri" (Lewis and Clark).
  • Their expedition begins from Camp Dubois, Missouri at 4 pm into the Wood River.
  • Meriwether Lewis is hiding near Corvus Creek, Idaho in order to hopefully kill an antelope that walks by. He says he wants to spend more time on land because he has spent a lot of his time recently on the boat. 
  • September 17, 1804 Corvus Creek, Idaho
  • "I determined to devote this day to amuse myself on shore with my gun and view the interior of the country lying between the river and the Corvus Creek"
  • November 24, 1805 Fort Clatsop, Astoria, Oregon
  • Lewis, Clark, and members of the expedition voted for a place to camp for the winter. Sacagawea was in favor for a place where there are lots of potatoes. They agreed with Sacagawea’s suggestion and chose Fort Clatsop in Astoria, Oregon.
  • "Proceed on to morrow & examine"
  • "in favour of a place where there is plenty of Potas"
  • Fort Clatsop is presented by Lewis to the Clatsop Indians, Delashelwilt and his men, for which it was named, and the expedition begins the journey home. After the winter had passed, the expedition packed up and prepared for their way back.
  • March 23, 1806 Fort Clatsop, Astoria, Oregon
  • "at 1 P.M. we bid a final adieu to Fort Clatsop. we had not proceeded more than a mile before we met Delashelwilt and a party of 20 Chinnooks men"
  • September 6, 1806 St. Louis, Missouri
  • With the current of the Missouri River behind them, they are able to cover over 70 miles per day. Clark and the crew begin meeting boats of American traders, like Mr. Auguste Chouteau of St. Louis heading upriver and reached St. Louis after a two-year-long journey.
  • “... we met a tradeing boat of Mr. Og. Choteaux [Auguste Chouteau] of St. Louis bound to the River Jacque to trade with the Yanktons”
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