Essay The Lewis and Clark Expedition

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After being issued by President Thomas Jefferson to map, explore, and compile information on the land just bought through the Louisiana Purchase, Captain Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lieutenant William Clark set off on one of the greatest expeditions of all time. This paper will explore what adversities were faced on the Corp of Discoveries. From militant Indians to diseases like dysentery, they faced it all. And as Captain Lewis documented, “We went as close to hell as you can go in this lifetime.” (11.Perry) On April 30, 1803, the United States bought 828,000 square miles of uncharted land from France. This is known as the Louisiana Purchase. A little over a year later, Jefferson’s famous “Corps of Discovery” set off from Camp…show more content…
Lewis and Clark combined prehistoric gathering of edible plants with the more modern style of hunting. This created a wide variety in their diet. Their main source of food was from shooting wild buffalo. Sacagawea also aided them in finding food. Since she was a native of the land, she knew the vegetation better than anybody. But even with this many resources there were times when their food supply was low or even deteriorated to the point that several members often suffered with malnutrition. As bad as this seems, this is just the beginning of their problems. (2. Delms) (3."Hardships – mccarthy) Our next hardship is illnesses. This was a monumental challenge during that day. Their medical knowledge was very little. Lewis and Clark did carry medicine with them, but most of it did no good. These diseases included boils, dysentery, frost bite, appendicitis, tooth aches, mouth sores, cholera, and many more. The only person to die on the expedition was Sergeant Charles Floyd, and he passed away with appendicitis. Also petty things like no toothbrushes or unsterile water cause many of the diseases. (2. Delms) (12. Scott) Weather also gave the crew trouble. Since they did not have the technology we do today, they had no way of knowing if bad weather was on its way. This served as one of the greatest hardships. They encountered temperatures ranging from ninety-five degrees to negative forty degrees (in Fahrenheit).

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