Lewis and Clark Expedition

The expedition began on May 14, 1804

Facts about the Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition also known as Corps of Discovery Expedition began in the month of May 1804. It was the first American Expedition to go over what is now the western portion of the United States. From 1803-1804 requirement of training was held as well as winter staging at Camp Dubois. Including Lewis and Clark there was a total of 33 people on the expedition. Sacajawea did not start out on the expedition with Lewis and Clark. In November 1804 the Expedition arrived in Hidasta-Mandan, soon they built a fort nearby.Lewis and Clark thought that Sacajawea would become important when they needed to trade the Shoshones for horses to cross the Bitterroot Mountains.As stated by PBS. The Expedition officially ended on March 23, 1806. Stated by Smithsonian. Picture found on Wikipedia.

The Purpose for the Expedition

The expedition was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson. He intended for the expedition to explore and map out the new territory. It needed to be done before Britain, or the European people tried to claim it. Information found on Wikipedia.

History and findings of The Lewis and Clark Expedition

On the expedition Lewis and Clark discovered these tribes: Alsea Indians, Cheyenne Indians, Clastop Indians, Oto Indians, Omaha Indians, Yakima Indians, Chinock Indians, Missouri Indians and many more. They also discovered many types of animals: Blue Catfish, American Raven, Bull snake, Coyote, Grizzly Bear, Red Fox, Pacific Tree Frog, Bobcat, Mule Deer, Mountain Goat, Channel Catfish also many more. Some of the plants they found where: Bigleaf Maple, Yellow Bell, Wormwood, Western Wall Flower, Western Red Cedar, Vine Maple, Tansy, Sugarbowls, Rocky Mountain Maple, Pacific Blackberry. Stated by National Geographic. Picture found on Wikipedia.

The main people on the Expedition