10 Facts About the Expedition West

Brock Niemeier

Animals Discovered on the Journey

There were a lot new animal discoveries on the expedition. These include

Bull Snake

Channel Catfish


and the Grizzly Bear

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Tribes Encountered

Lewis and Clark also met many Native American tribes along they way like the,




and the Shosone

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Plants Discovered

As well as discovering tribes and animals, they also discovered many plants, plants like,


Black Cottonwood,

Cluster Rose,

and the Glacier Lily

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Lewis and Clark wanted to bring along Charbonneau a French Canadian fur trapper for their trip. But their real blessing was his wife Sacagawea. She gave birth to her first born son on the trip named Jean Baptiste Charbonneau but often called Pompey by Clark. Sacagawea helped the explores trade and help communicate with other tribes along the way and many other things that's why she is an important part of the expedition.
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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson purchased the land that Lewis and Clark would eventually explore for 15 million dollars. It was one of the greatest land purchases in history. Thomas chose Merriwether Lewis to lead his expedition.
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Meriwether Lewis

Lewis was born on 1774 in Virginia. He was asked by Thomas Jefferson to lead the exploration west to the new land he just purchased. He chose his old friend William Clark to join him as co-commander of the exploration. Lewis kept a detailed journal and collected samples or plants and animals he encountered.
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William Clark

Born on August 1, 1770 in Virginia. In 1803 Clark received a letter from his friend Lewis asking him to co-command the expedition west. He accepted. During their first winter they met Sacagawea and asked her to be on the journey. She gave birth during the expedition and was nicknamed Pompey by William.
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The Length of the Expedition

From where they started to the Pacific Ocean is 3,700 miles. Their total journey there and back was just over 7,000 miles. The expedition started on May 14, 1804 and ended on September 23, 1806.
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Struggles on the Journey

This wasn't just an easy trip. They had to travel over 7,000 miles by foot, horseback, or man-powered boats. They ran into many Native American tribes and some weren't very nice. They also had bad weather and rough terrain on the trip.
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He was born around 1759 around Montreal. He was a French Canadian fur trader who had lived with the Hidatsa and Mandan Indians since 1796. Lewis and Clark chose him and his 16 year old wife Sacagawea to accompany them on their journey thinking Charbonneau would be more help than his wife. Well actually Sacagawea helped way more than Charbonneau but if it wasn't for Charbonneau, Sacagawea would't have ever been on the expedition.
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