In 1800 Thomas Jefferson was elected president. With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Jefferson had the vision of the United States growing from sea to sea. However, it was unknown what was out there. Jefferson planned an exploratory expedition and called upon Meriwether Lewis to lead it. Jefferson was very interested in what was in the west lands. Much was involved in the carrying out of this expedition; the preparations for this trip, what happened during their long journey west, and the return home. This expedition was very important in the development of the United States.
The expedition of Lewis and Clark was a landmarking event in American history, but its significance goes beyond just the land they discovered.The Lewis and Clark Expedition was put forward so the two would be able to see and map out western America in search of new trade routes and passages. Lewis and Clark would have doubtfully survived had it not been with the aid of the Indians they met on their travels. Upon their controversial meetings with several Indian groups, Lewis and Clark were not respectful to the Americans they met on their journey. The controversial messages behind the peace metals, the reference to the Indians as “children”, and the physical
The US saw profit in the native lands. The US wanted the land because it was on the Mississippi River which had many economic benefits because land on the river was more accessible for trading. In the text, Transcript of Jefferson's Secret Message to Congress Regarding the Lewis and Clark Expedition, it states; "First to encourage them to abandon hunting, to apply to raising stock...and thereby prove to themselves that less land and labor will maintain them in this... Secondly: to multiply trading houses among them." The US is trying to encourage the natives to transition into a lifestyle more like theirs which involves more farming and less hunting. By switching, the natives will need less land because they won't need to hunt anymore. The US had plans to open more trading houses for the natives so they could make a profit off of farming. Before the US tried getting the natives to indulge in trading houses, the government tried buying the land from the natives. The natives were becoming nervous and irritated because their land was
In two years, Lewis, Clark, and all of the men that traveled with them did the impossible. They mapped the territory, collected ample samples of flora and fauna, and made peace with the various Indian tribes, all while keeping more than thirty men alive in the wilderness. If they hadn’t been efficient packers and effective diplomats, none of this would have been possible. Their journey was a huge success, and all of the men made it back alive, despite risking themselves several times by splitting up. The journey of Lewis and Clark will be remembered for centuries to come, and rightfully so.
Many people in America know of the historical expedition of Lewis and Clark, but only a few know of the expedition to California led by Jedediah Smith. This expedition took place after Thomas Jefferson signed the papers to acquire a huge region in the west through the Louisiana Purchase. After this expansion many people were eager to explore the west and among those was Jedediah Smith. From his childhood, Smith dreamed one day of exploring the unknown west part of the United States. He once said, "I wanted to be the first to view a country on which the eyes of a white man had never gazed and to follow the course of rivers that run through a new land." In 1824, Jedediah Smith began formulating his famous California expedition that
This report is on Lewis and Clark's adventure through the United States. On May 14,1803 William Clark and nearly four dozen other men met up with Meriwether Lewis on May 20. The Lewis and Clark
The exploration of Lewis and Clark into the Louisiana Purchase had a great impact on the United States. During the exploration, they encountered Native American tribes, who exchanged items with them, and new species of plants and animals.
The Lewis and Clark expedition was a truth that was to become the crowning accomplishment in the lifetime of the brilliant thinker, inventor, and founding father, Thomas Jefferson . It has become a profounding turning point throughout America’s history. Investigating the recently obtained Louisiana Territory, which nearly doubled the size of the country, arranged Jefferson the opportunity to widen the boundaries of the United States to include both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The threat of the unknown lay ahead for Lewis and Clark’s team. The explorers had no idea what they would e be confronted with on their journey, but still they advanced into the unknown area that could officially be called part of America. Thanks to the addition of Lewis, Clark, their essential guide Sacajawea, and the many men that traveled with them America was able to expose land as well as providing important information about the topography, the biological studies, the ecology, and the studies of the American Indian as they discovered the mysteries of the Louisiana Purchase. Although it was a treacherous and costly journey, the Lewis and Clark expedition was the most important exploration in American history.
The Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark expeditions, the establishment of a national road, and the philosophy
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, risked their lives to bring back precious information of the pacific northwest of the United States. Their accomplishments of surviving the trek and delivering the data to the U.S. government changed the course of history. Even though the Louisiana purchase was big for America today, there were many dangers and hardships Lewis and Clark faced.
Exploration has always been a central theme in the development of the United States. The Louisiana Purchase, in 1803, made the government more eager to expand west. The newly acquired lands were in need of exploration. A team needed to be established to survey and document the new territory. The Lewis and Clark expedition would answer the unknown questions of the west. The expedition would not have been successful without the leadership, determination, discipline of the Corps of Discovery, and the cooperation of the Native Americans. President Jefferson wanted the leader to have the same passion and intensity toward the discovery of the west as he possessed. Jefferson hand-
With the current of the Missouri behind them, they are able to cover over 70 miles per day. The expedition also begins meeting boats of American traders heading upriver.At the end of the Lewis and Clark adventure, Captain Clark made an offer to Sacagawea to help raise Jean Baptiste in St. Louis and to give him an education. Sacagawea took him up on the offer and brought Jean Baptiste to St. Louis in 1809, when he was four years old Jean Baptiste had a few jobs in his lifetime, most were in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing and guiding. One of the few office jobs Jean Baptiste held was that of a public administrator and judge in California. He had a hard time in the position, because he didn't care for the way the local ranchers treated
We are going to began our journey to go across the western side of the United States. When I say “we” I mean Lewis, Clark, and myself and other expeditions that came along. We are near St. Louis, Missouri and we have a long ways ahead of us , i’ll write everything in my journal as my way of going.
I chose the Lewis and Clark expedition because it was something I knew a lot about, plus its part of my community’s history. The Lewis and Clark expedition took place in all of Washington in the same state that I live in. They also traveled up the Columbia River I live very close to the river so Lewis & Clark provide interest to me. In third grade my teacher taught a lot about Lewis and Clark and I took a lot of interest in it, so now I want to learn more about the expedition and use it for my national history day project. By studying Lewis and Clark i will learn about different metals, plants and even animals that aren't found in the eastern United States. I will learn about the different Indian tribes such as the Sioux and the Mandan
During the winter of 1804-1805 they made peace and settled into the Mandan tribes home. Here they met their translator, Toussaint Charbonneau, a french, Canadian trader. Charboneau brought his 16 year old, native American, pregnant, wife, Sacagawea. Sacagawea proved herself to be a very important person for the expedition. In early May while on the Missouri river, a sudden gust of wind pushed over the boat knocking out some important supplies. All the important supplies were saved only by Sacagawea as she threw herself over the side and pulled most of the supplies back into the boat. On the way to the rocky mountains, The explorers realized they had a problem, they needed horses to walk up the mountains and to carry all their supplies. On August 11 Lewis spotted a native on his horse, It happened to be a Shoshone Native American. The group had Charbonneau translate and ask for horses, The Shoshone then lead them to his chief. Later While Sacagawea translated each groups words she realized something, the chief, appeared to be her brother. Because of this, the Shoshones gave the explorers quite a bit of horses and provided them with other important supplies that they had lost or used. This paragraph proves that without the natives on the explorers side, they never would have made it to their final destination.