Lewis and Clark Expedition

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This paper will explain why Lewis and Clark are two of the greatest explorers in American history. Some of the distinguishing factors of these explorers and the three main points in this paper are their exploration of the uncharted west by way of the Missouri river, the many discoveries made along the way, and the effect they had on the westward expansion of the United States. In January 1803, Thomas Jefferson sent a confidential message to Congress asking for approval and funding of the exploration of the Westward part of the continent and was granted 2500-dollar budget for the expedition. Captain Meriwether Lewis was chosen as the expeditions’ leader because of his previous experience with the west and because he was an experienced Army officer. William Clark another Army officer was chosen as Lewis’s co-captain in the expedition. On May 21, 1804 Lewis, Clark, and the 33 other men making up the Corps of discovery set off leaving their camp in St. Louis, Missouri. Just two days along their journey, Lewis nearly lost his life when he and his dog were walking along the river studying the land and he almost fell off a cliff on the edge of the river. In September 1804, the Corps ran into the Teton Sioux and were demanded by the chief to surrender their boat before they could pass. After the Corps refused to give up their boat, the Sioux began threatening them with violence. Incredibly, the chief ended up calling off his men and the Corps continued the expedition. On November 4, 1804 Lewis and Clark hire Toussaint Charbonneau a fur-trader and his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea, to act as interpreters on the journey ahead. The Corps continued up the Missouri River until winter hit and they stopped in the villages of the Mandan tribe... ... middle of paper ... ...issouri river, their many great discoveries, and the effect they had on the westward expansion of the United States. Works Cited • "Flora." Lewis and Clark Discoveries. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. • "Lewis and Clark." About.com Geography. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. . • "National Geographic: Lewis & Clark—Expedition—Time Line." National Geographic: Lewis & Clark—Expedition—Time Line. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. • National Geographic: Lewis & Clark. Dir. Bruce Neibaur. Perf. Jeff Bridges. National Geographic Video, 2003. DVD. • "How Lewis and Clark Worked." HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. .

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