October 22, 2013
US History 1010
Lewis and Clark the Corps of Discovery
The Lewis and Clark expedition, better known as The Corps of Discovery. This was the first party to ever venture the west of the United States. They departed May 1804 on the Mississippi river from St. Louis where they made their way west through the continental divide to the coast of the pacific. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the expedition. The Louisiana Purchase was one of the most significant land deals in history because you were basically getting land for cents of the acre. The expedition party consisted of US army volunteers who were under the command of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The mission of this journey was to map out and explore the newly bought territory find routes that were suitable through the western part of the continent, and to make it known this was the Americans land. Another mission the Corps of discovery had was to study the surrounding plants, animals, land area, and to establish relationships with the tribes that surrounded the area. Jefferson had hoped that the expedition would find a waterway connecting the Columbia and Missouri rivers. They hoped that water way would connect them into the Pacific Ocean the search for the Northwest passage way. The journey begins upstream on the Missouri River from St. Louis the team had a camp here where they had been preparing for the expedition since the fall of 1803. They began going up the Missouri river in keelboat and two smaller pirogues. Clark occupied his time making maps and tracking the course they were going, while Lewis studied plants, animals, and the geography of the areas. On their journey they were eagerly seeing Indians, they had traveled 600 miles by the end of July and hadn’t come in counter with any. On august 2nd they finally had an encounter with the Oto and Missouri Indians they exchanged gifts and peaceful greetings. President Jefferson...
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