U.S. History

Lewis and Clark and Presidential Duel

In Mrs Hollis's class, we are currently learning about the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition. We learned that the French and the Spanish suspended trade along the Mississippi River and to New Orleans, which put american trade at risk. Later on, the U.S. made an agreement with native Americans on purchasing the Louisiana Territory for about $25 million, and it was so. Americans knew little about the Louisiana Territory, so President Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis and his partner William Clark out to explore the new land. Lewis and Clark left St Louis in 1804. Along the way, both met Sacajawea, a Native American woman who helped them explore. Once Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean, they spent the winter there. After a harsh winter, they returned in 1806.

Meanwhile, the Federalists and Republicans were against each other. Republicans thought that the Federalists would bring back the undivided rule of a monarchy. Alexander Hamilton and Arron Burr dueled, armed with pistols. Since dueling was illegal, Hamilton proclaimed that he would not shoot. Burr took no mercy in the duel. Burr shot Hamilton. Severely injured, Hamilton perished the next day. After the duel, Burr fled to prevent his arrest.