The Lewis And Clark Trail

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In 1803, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson commissioned an expedition under the leadership of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the American Northwest. Together, they led the Corps of Discovery, which included men from a myriad of professions, including interpreters, fur trappers, boat builders, gunsmiths, and surveyors. Meriwether Lewis, captain of the expedition, had been trained prior to the expedition by the country best scientists in the fields of botany, zoology, celestial navigation, and medicine. William Clark was elected commander-in-chief because of his invaluable cartography skills, which were essential on trip. His skills helped with mapping most of landmarks and rivers that were encountered on the expedition, and his final map of the Lewis and Clark Trail is accurate within 40 miles and spans a distance of 8,000 miles. Another prominent figure on the expedition was Sacagawea. She spoke Shoshone, Hidatsa, meager French, had knowledge of edible & medicinal plants as well as Native American customs, and was an invaluable interpreter that bargained for resources from other Native American tribes. Her most important contribution to expedition, however, was her presence, a symbol to native tribes of the peacefulness of the traveling party. The expedition was launched for political, strategic, scientific, and commercial aims, instead of seeking riches and Christian converts, as other expeditions in the past have always vied, such as those commissioned by the
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