Lewis and Clark Expedition Essay | Essay

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
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The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Summary: Provides a history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Recounts the Louisiana purchase by Thomas Jefferson and his desire to have the unknown land explored. Details the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition.
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.

Lewis went to Philadelphia for short courses in medicine, celestial observation, botany, mapmaking, and fossils all to prepare for the expedition. He them obtained rifles, a cannon, and ammunition from the army's arsenals. He bought his men tools, mosquito nets, fishing hooks & lines, blankets, hooded coats, and even 150 pounds of portable soup. Lewis also...

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