Lewis and Clark's Expedition
The extraordinary events that happened along their journey
May 21st, 1804
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were chosen by president thomas jefferson to explore the louisiana territory with the “corps of discovery” to find a path to the pacific ocean. They later returned in 1806 and their journey was 8,000miles long and took 2 ½ years to complete.
an Explorer, politician, and soldier. Roughly three years after the expedition he died [October 11, 1809, Tennessee]
May 14th, 1804
Monday, May 14th 1804 at 9pm
The Corps of Discovery leaves Camp Wood and begins its journey up the missouri river “under a gentle breeze”
November 4th, 1804
Sunday, Nov. 4th 1804 at 9pm
8th Street Southwest
December 17th, 1805
Monday, Dec. 17th 1804 at 9pm
The men record the temperature at 45 degrees below zero "colder than [they] ever knew it to be in the states."
May 16th, 1805
Thursday, May 16th 1805 at 9pm
"One of their boats nearly overturns and Lewis credits Sacagawea with saving their most important possessions.”
Saturday, Aug. 31st 1805 at 9pm
Bitterroot Mountains, Ravalli County, MT, United States
September 23rd, 1805
Monday, Sep. 23rd 1805 at 9pm
Weippe, ID, United States
September 23rd, 1805 - Starving, the men emerge from the mountains near the present day Weippe, Idaho, at the villages of the Nez Perce indians.
September 23rd, 1806
Tuesday, Sep. 23rd 1806 at 9pm
St Louis, MI, United States
Saint Louis, MI
September 23rd, 1806 - Having found an easier route across the country, the men reach St. Louis nearly two and a half years after their journey began and are acclaimed as national heroes.
Impact on the Nez Perce Natives
The Expedition and the Notes they took.
The journals to which Lewis and Clark wrote consisted of 18 notebooks of the approximation of 4x6 inches. The books were bound in four boards covered in marbled-paper, red morocco leather, and plain brown leather (obviously there are loose pages here and there.) The first passages describe their journey along the Missouri River and North Dakota during fall/beginning of winter. The men also went to great lengths to protect these journals from accidents and destruction. They did this because Jefferson wanted the information kept safe as it would influence the westward expansion.
Lewis and Clark and their group (corps of discovery) were directed to record longitude and latitude of geographical feature. Making note of the land’s potential to help the economy.
Impact on the nation
The effect the expedition took was that of the fur trade during 1806-1812. During that time members of the corps of discovery (Manuel Lisa and John Colter) created a trade from northern South Dakota to Montana.
Manifest destiny is a term that was used to describe what people thought was a calling from God to have America go coast to coast, ocean to ocean. It helped western settlement because it made everyone want to expand the U.S. Before manifest destiny lewis and clark went on their expedition which helped settlers achieve manifest destiny.