Read to discover about Lewis and Clark's EPIC adventure!

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By: Zachary Stowe

NWR Series

Table of Contents

pg-2 Stocking up

pg-3 Starting to leave

pg-4 The Native American Tribes

pg-5 The Team Finds the Rockies

pg-6 What Happened Next

pg-7 Works Cited

pg-8 Glossary


Meriwether Lewis was an army captain for the army that was chosen to go on to explore the Louisiana Territory. He went on and hired William Clark and then they went on to hire more men and in the end the team was made up of about 30 to 40 men.

Stocking up.

It was November of 1803 Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were stocking up to go on a journey into the Louisiana territory. They packed items to trade like glass beads, blankets, needles, scissors, thread, knives, and trinkets to trade with native Americans to make friends they also packed enough items to also help them to survive like rifles, writing tools, dried and salted food rations, fishing tackle, axes, clothing, and medicines. As they were leaving a big snow storm blew in. Thus meaning that they had to leave later and that effecting the end of the expedition but we will get into that towards the end.

Starting To Leave

It was May 18 1804 when they finally left. They had spent a long winter waiting for the Missouri to thaw but while they were waiting they didn't just sit around they trained for life in the wilderness. They went through camps that showed them what to do. When they finished the training they sailed the keelboat and when they did they said it was to hard to steer with the little amount of people so they wanted to make their team bigger so they hired more explorers and that caused the team to have to buy more items for the team and that meant more food more clothes and stuff like that.

The Team Finds the Rockies

It was August 1 1805 the team had reached the point where they want to give up but they didn't give up with only traveling 3.6 miles a day but they still pushed on. They where all coming down with heat sickness. Then they found the Rockies but that was the problem. The Colombia had slowed to a trickle and that made it almost impossible to travel. That's when the problem came in. Because the water was in a trickle they had to drag the canoes through the forest and that wasn't any easier. And soon they found what they came for the Pacific ocean. They made people stay to boil salt water for salt. The reason for that was because the team was craving salt and there was no way to get it but to boil salt water. And then the team sailed the Pacific all the way home.

The Native American Tribes

The winter was coming on fast and they needed a place to stay and the Mandans had invited them to stay for the winter. On November 3 1804 the team started on their winter quarters. The next day a French-Canadian fir trader came and asked for a job as an interpreter for the journey. So Lewis hired him and agreed to let him take one of his Shoshone wives and he chose 16 year-old Sacagawea (Sa-caja-wea) who was expecting a baby. On December 7 1804 the Mandans lent Lewis and Clark horses to hunt with.

What Happened Next

After the journey Lewis went on to become Governor of the Louisiana territory and Clark is the superintendent of Indian Affairs. Lewis and Clark had fulfilled almost all of Jefferson's hopes but the easy waterways that he had pictured where not true instead it was mountains that stretched for 60 miles and they were snow capped all year. Clark had a good end he adopted Sacagawea's son and taught him all that he knew. Lewis's life went out with a bang literally. It came to where he could not manage his finances and he shot himself. Sad ending but good life. Overall they lived a good life and made many incredible discovery's and lots of exploration.

Works Cited

  • Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • Lewis and Clark leaving


  • Sacagawea with Lewis and Clark at Three Forks


Lewis getting first look a Rockies


  • Meriwether Lewis Grave

  • Sacagawea grave


  • Meriwether Lewis National Monument and Gravesite

  • William Clark's gravesite


rations- A ration is the fixed portion of food or other goods allowed to each person in times of shortages

tackle- A set of the equipment used in a particular activity

keelboat- A large, flat freight boat used on rivers.

Mandans- A Native American tribe

Shoshone- A Native American tribe

Sacagawea- A Native American girl that came along on the trip

Trinkets-Small things that help people