When you hear the names Lewis and Clark, you think of the legendary people who first discovered the midwest, but they did more than that. They opened the door to infinite possibilities and are responsible for the world as we know it today. This paper will be discussing what challenges they faced and how it impacted the United States. Lewis and Clark faced many challenges on their expedition, including bad weather, possible animal attacks and encounters with Indians, but in the end, Lewis and Clark were able to map out much of the west and the Pacific Ocean area and even discovered new animals and plants.
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.
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 amongst one of the first major American expeditions. This expedition helped the United States advance in science, land as well as gaining many valuable resources. The Lewis and Clark expedition is also an amazing American story. Lewis and Clark went through extraordinary situations to expedite Americas growth and science. They accomplished this expedition with strenuous encounters with the Native Americans.The importance of the Lewis and Clark expedition is derived by the challenges they faced, the encounters they had with Western Indians, and the knowledge gained about the Louisiana territory.
Without the expedition of Lewis and Clark, the American history that people know would be completely different changing the accomplishments in history. The background and experience Lewis and Clark already developed prior to the expedition would be very beneficial and help make the journey easier. The development of the mission played a key part in the expedition itself because if the development did not play out exactly how Jefferson planned, then the expedition may not have been as successful. A big part of history, the expedition was very significant and impacted American society in ways that no one will ever be able to understand. Although the expedition of Lewis and Clark would be a very long journey, the United States would not have developed into such a prosperous country without the two men who traveled across the terrain in rain and snow in order to improve the United States.
During the election of 1800, Thomas Jefferson was elected president.Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were running against each other. Americans were losing hope because the electoral college voted 35 times and still could not chose the next president. Alexander Hamilton came in and made a plan that helped resolve who won, which was Thomas jefferson. Then they created the 12th Amendment.
In May of 1804, two men set out on an important journey that would take them across the country and discover new land, but none of it would have been possible without the aid of one woman. The Lewis and Clark Expedition was planned by Thomas Jefferson, in order to explore the unknown in the newly purchased Louisiana Territory, and also to find a water route across the continent. Along the way the group of men met a quiet native, named Sacagawea, whose impact would later have a large effect on the success of their important journey.
Thomas Jefferson knew that Meriwether Lewis can do the expedition, but Lewis can’t do it by himself, so he asked William Clark to join him. The expedition is to find the all water route to the Pacific to buy the Louisiana territory to have the ports. Between May of 1804 and March of 1806 they succeeded for traveling 8,000 miles in 28 months to the Pacific Ocean.
The group that helped William Clark and Meriwether Lewis were called Corps of Discovery by many historians. They faced many dangers like meeting the Native Americans and bringing unprepared for the weather. Along their way, they met many Native Americans who helped them to survive. They knew that meeting a different group of Native American could be deadly. Along the way they picked up Sacajawea who was a part of the Shoshone Indian who acted as their interrupter and guide along their voyage. While Sacajawea was helping Lewis and Clark on their expedition she gave birth to a child. They reached the Pacific Ocean on November 1805. They stayed along the Pacific Coast and built shelter for the winter. In 1806 Lewis and Meriwether took different routes one by boat and one by foot. While Lewis was exploring the Land by his feet he was robbed by Indian and shot by one of his men hunting. Thankfully, Lewis and Meriwether met up. Throughout their journey they traveled nearly 8,000 miles.
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-
Meriwether Lewis (veteran of Indian wars skilled in the ways of the wilderness.) and William Clark ( experienced frontiers man and Indian fighter). They crossed the Rocky Mountains descended the Snake and Columbia Rivers and in the late autumn of 1805 camped on the Pacific coast
On the journey, there were many dangers the Corps of Discovery faced. June 15, 1805, something unexpected happened. Lewis was out hunting on his own, he had shot a buffalo and as the buffalo fell to the ground, a grizzly bear came running towards him. Lewis’ gun was not loaded, so he did the first thing that came to mind. There was a river nearby so he ran into the water, the bear stopped running, and turned the other direction. As Lewis and Clark arrived at the camp Nez Perce, the tribe did not trust the Corps of Discovery. While the Corps stayed at the camp, some of the men got very ill from eating unfamiliar foods. The Nez Perce tribe thought about killing the weak men, but a young Native, Watkuweis stopped the tribe from doing any harm.
Lewis and Clarks entire purpose of this journey was to discover what occupied the land that the Untied States of America had just purchased; since they had to take a pit stop for the winter months in North Dakota this allowed the explorers to really learn what this area of land had to offer. Building a relationship with the Mandan tribe was crucial for their exploration. They tribe really
The expeditions of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark of the newly purchased Louisiana Territory radically shaped American scientific knowledge as well as relationships with Indians. The framework for their expedition was laid far before they first set sail from the mouth of the Missouri River is 1804. In 1801, France reacquired its North-American “Louisiana territory” from Spain after a series of secret deals with Spain brokered by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Almost immediately, US trade at the port of New Orleans was blocked, enraging many Americans. Realizing that this presented a bottleneck on US expansion and trade, president Thomas Jefferson sent his Secretary of State, James Monroe, to Paris to discuss the possibility of purchasing the territory.