Lewis and Clark Expedition

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Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition

Sacagawea was a Shoshone Indian woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition along with her husband and newborn son. Sacagawea was not so much a guide, how she is portrayed in some literature and art, as she was a companion and translator. With her baby on her back Sacagawea also played an important role in diplomatic relations by talking to chiefs, easing tensions, and giving the impression of a peaceful mission.

Lewis and Clark’s main objective on their expedition was to explore and map out the newly obtained land, find a practical route across the Western half of the continent, and establish an American presence in this territory before other European powers attempted to claim the land for themselves. They also wanted to study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and establish trade with local Indian tribes.The men met their objective of reaching the Pacific, mapping and establishing their presence for a legal claim to the land. They established diplomatic relations and trade with at least two-dozen indigenous nations, but they did not find continuous water to the Pacific Ocean.

Chosen by President Thomas Jefferson, Captain Meriwether Lewis led the first transcontinental expedition to the Pacific coast by the Untied States. On this three-year trek Lewis’s close friend and Second Lieutenant, William Clark, accompanied him along with a select group of U.S. Army volunteers.

Lewis and Clark both wrote many manuscripts and journals while in America. These journals, maps, drawings, and notes help capture what it was really like in American when they first explored the Louisiana territory. A complete and reliable set of the expedition's journals was finally compiled by Gary E. Moulton in 2004.

Several paintings of Lewis and Clark's expedition and Sacagawea

Many of the manuscripts from the expedition

Lewis and Clark started their expedition near St. Louis, Missouri in 1804. They tracked a route along the Missouri River, passing through areas that are now known as Kansas City, Missouri and Omaha, Nebraska. They made their way through through Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, Montana, and finally Oregon.


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