Lewis and Clark’s Expedition Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s expedition to the west truly changed American history as we know it. Without them, America wouldn’t have taken the shape we know today. Together, Lewis and Clark had many accomplishments. One accomplishment that they both completed was discovering the land west of the Mississippi, creating a better understanding of the geological features, and finding a way to use the natural resources available. “I walked out on the hills and observed great numbers of buffalow. (Lewis 1)” This quote was written by Clark on October 19, 1804 to describe what he saw in the west. Also Lewis and Clark were the first people in American history who were friendly to the natives in the Allowing settlers who migrated to the west to be at peace with the tribes. The first of two major accomplishments of Lewis and Clark was that they discovered the West with its geological features and new recourses. As Lewis had said, “On the acquisition of Louisiana, in the year 1803, the attention of the government of the United States, was early directed towards exploring and improving the new territory (Lewis 1)”, Thomas Jefferson asked Congress for $2,500 to pay for this exploration. The expedition started in May of 1804 when Lewis, the captain of the expedition, and Clark, his second in command, lead the group down the Missouri River (or “Big Muddy” as they called it). They followed the river up to North Dakota, and set up camp in present day Bismarck. They made a fort called Fort Mandan, where they spent the winter. However, there were some hostile natives. Thanks to Lewis’s thoughts and kindness, there were no battles. When spring arrived in April the next year the men continued on, and by August, the river dwindled down into a series of shallow tributaries. The men’s canoes could not navigate through them. Thankfully, Toussaint Charbonneau, whom Lewis hired as a guide and interpreter, was there. Though Charbonneau was nearly worthless to his wife Sacajawea, who was also the sister of the chief of Shoshone Indians. Thanks to her, Lewis got the horses needed to cross the Rocky Mountains. The Rockies were a big obstacle and without the guidance of the natives, they may not have been able to cross safely. Many new species of animals were found such as the grizzly bear, and black tailed prairie dogs. There are many other species discovered as well such as plants like blue flax and buffalo berry. These plants and animals created a better understanding of the land west of the Mississippi. The most important characteristic of Lewis and Clark, is that they were both friendly to the natives who lived in the land. This would help prevent another war with the natives, especially when settlers started to settle in the west. Sacajawea was one of the natives who helped Lewis and Clark on their expedition west. She is well known, and wasn’t even the first choice of Lewis and Clark. Originally, as previously mentioned, Toussaint was the original guide and interpreter that Lewis hired, but when he proved to be of no help, Sacajawea took over as the guide and interpreter. “The day cold and fair with a high easterly wind: we were visited by two Indians who gave us an account of the country and people near the Rocky Mountains where they had been. (Lewis 1)”
October 23, 2013
Lewis and Clark: The Corps of Discovery
In April of 1803 Thomas Jefferson made the “greatest land deal in history” with the Louisiana Purchase buying each acre for merely 3 cents. The land purchased was west of the Mississippi river and therefore largely unexplored. President Jefferson then had Congress approve $2,500 to fund what would later be known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Captain Meriwether Lewis was chosen to lead the expedition because he…
Once Congress approved the funds for the expedition, President Jefferson chose Captain Meriwether Lewis as its leader. Lewis was chosen mainly because he already had some knowledge of the west and was an experienced Army officer. After making further arrangements for the expedition, Lewis decided he wanted a co-captain and selected another Army officer, William Clark.
The goals of this expedition, as outlined by President Jefferson, were to study the Native American tribes living…
Lewis and Clark Thing
1.) Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743. When Jefferson was president, he
bought the Louisiana territory in 1803 from france for 15 million dollars. Since no
one knew about the new territory that was just purchased, Jefferson asked
Meriwether Lewis to bring an expedition west of the Mississippi River, taking note
on all new species, plants,animals and the people of the land. Jefferson want
maps and friendly relationships with the Native Americans in the area…
Lewis and Clark Expedition
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November 4th 1804 (Fort Mandan) --- December 1805 (Pacific Coast/Fort Clatsop)
The entire expedition of Lewis and Clark, starting from St. Louis and back, took a total of three to four years, depending on if you consider the planning part of the expedition. The goal of the expedition was simply to discover what the United States has acquired after buying the Louisiana Territory. With that…
We believe that Lewis and Clark disrespected the Indians and the land they lived on.
Before their expedition, American Indians had lived on those rivers, plains, and mountains for
thousands of years. What had happened was something just short of a holocaust for them.
They were introduced to fatal diseases like smallpox and scarlet fever as well as products like
liquor. The Indian’s main source of food, the buffalo, were slaughtered and the Indians forced
onto reservations and had their land taken from them…
The Imperialistic Side to the Lewis and Clark Expedition
January 13, 2013
Lewis and Clark introduced America to the western American Indian, and vice versa. The party was organized under the Corps of Discovery, and the expedition was a scientific exploration of the far reaching western part of the American continent. Despite this, the ultimate goal of the expedition was an imperialistic reconnaissance of the Native American nations to the west. This…
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documents. He also made a few wise decisions that forever affected our country and the world we live in today. Thomas Jefferson made a decision to purchase Louisiana Territory from France which then led another great decision to enlist two men, Lewis and Clark, to explore this unknown territory. Jefferson also wrote the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Jefferson was ultimately a wise man with big dreams for the Americans that led to growth and expansion of our country.
Jefferson’s decisions on enacting the 1807 December Embargo act and cutting funds to the U.S. Army and Navy were unsuccessful and ultimately backfired, his negotiation with the French on the Louisiana Purchase and his funding for the expedition of the Lewis and Clarke expedition overall outshined the negatives, I consider the presidency of Thomas Jefferson to have been a success.
In the year 1801, the French had secured their territory of Louisiana from Spain; this affected the U.S. when a restriction…
argue about who was the better president, TJ or AJ? Well, TJ was the country’s third president. He is very well known for the Louisiana Purchase, fighting for the freedom of slaves and eventually outlawing the importation of slaves to the US, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and focusing on education. AJ was the country’s seventh president. He is very well known for paying off the country’s national debt, killing the national bank, and the Indian Removal Act. Due to this information, it is clear that Jefferson…