The Lewis and Clark expedition

Some knowledge and facts about what happened

The native americans

Lewis and Clark discovered nearly 50 native american tribes. Some tribes had never seen white or black men before Lewis and Clark but others spoke some english. Eventually Lewis and Clark developed a ritual to make peace with the native Americans and to let them know that their land now belonged to Thomas Jefferson. They also gave the tribes a medal with Thomas Jefferson on one side and 2 hands clasping on the other.

The climate

during 160 days in North Dakota the corps witnessed brutal air temps frequently below zero, sometimes as brutal as - 40 F or more. simple tasks were very hard, such as hunting, journaling, and finding places to rest.

Sacagewea's son (Jean Baptiste)

Jean Baptiste, also know as Pompey developed a strong attachment to Clark. Jean Baptiste helped them provide peace with native americans, and accompanied his mom all the way to the pacific and back.

Seaman (The dog owned by Lewis)

No one really knows what happened to Seaman. Lots of people think he perished somewhere along the journey to the pacific, and others think he survived. Lewis did not spend lots of time writing about him in his journal entries but it seems like Seaman just disappeared, leaving on hint as to what happened to him.

Plants and Animals

Clark discovered many new plants, and animal, while on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Some Plants found were =

Alkali Cordgrass, Bitterroot, and Blue flax.

Some Animals found were =

Blue catfish, Bull snake, and coyote.


Lewis owned 15 rifles under contract for the United States Army in 1792 and 1794. Gunsmith from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, produced these rifles. According to the records in Lancaster, these were .49 caliber weapons, with a 42-inch barrel that featured a patch-box with a push-button release. These were the kind of guns that were on the expedition.

Corps memebers

There were around 38 people and 1 dog in the corps of discovery. Lewis and Clark were the leaders, There were 4 sergeants, 24 privates, 8 non-military members, and 1 dog.

Fort Mandan

Fort Mandan was the temporary home for the Lewis and Clark expedition from 1804 - 1805. They took advantage of the time by interviewing the nearby villages to gather information, and build maps

Great Falls

Lewis and a small advanced party became the first white men to ever see the Great Falls. During this time, the expedition went through a lot of dangerous things, Sacagawea got sick, and animals attacked the group often.


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