Lewis and Clark
By: Tatum Anderson
- Lewis was buried in Natchez Trace Parkway.
- Lewis helped to quell the Whiskey Rebellion, a Pennsylvania uprising led by farmers against in 1974.
- In 1803 William Clark got a letter from his old friend Lewis asking Clark to share command of an expedition of the lands west of the Mississippi River.
- William Clark descended from a line of adventurous man.
The Boat of the Expedition
- The Expedition traveled in three boats.
- These three boats were the principal from of transportation the expedition used in reaching their winter of 1804 - 1805 camp at the Mandan village in present day North Dakota.
- Keelboats were generally built in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania and it was here that Lewis commissioned the boat used by the Corps of Discovery.
- Camp Dubois sat at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, near present day Harford, Illinois.
- Between December 1804 and May 1805, Camp Dubois housed the men of the newly formed Corps of Discovery.
- During those months dedicated to final preparations for the long journey, these men brawled to drank and disobeyed.
- Yet as they prepared, the men began the slow process of becoming a corps, a unit.
Village of La Charette
- On this day in 1806, after nearly two-and-half years spent exploring the western wildness, the Corps of Discovery arrived at the frontier village.
- It was the first white settlement they had seen since leaving behind the outposts of eastern civilization in 1804.
- The people of La Charatte rushed to the banks of the Missouri to greet the returning heroes.
Yankton Sioux Tribe
- Folklore has it that while Lewis and Clark convened with the Yankton Sioux Tribe in 1804, on Calumet Bluff; a made child was born in one of the lodges.
- Learning of this fact, Caption Lewis sent for the child and wrapped him in an American Flag.
- Lewis proceeded with a speech in which he prophesied that the boy would live to become eminent among his people and a great friend of the white men.
- His prophecy came true, for the boy grew up to be the famous "Struck By The Ree", Chief of the Yankton Tribe.
Lewis and Clark Post-Expedition Life
- Clark rejoined by Lewis by Lewis the Missouri River in August, and the expedition reached St.Louis the next month.
- Lewis and Clark traveled for 2 years and covering more than 8,000 miles, the epic journey had it reached its conclusion.
- Lewis and Clark were rewarded for their trailblazing efforts with extra pay and land.