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The American Dream in the Nineteenth Century

The American Frontier

One of the first to explore the American West was Meriwether Lewis. Raised between Virginia's frontier and its settlements, young Lewis learned wilderness skills, including how to hunt and fish, and was also exposed to refined plantation society, from which he acquired knowledge about surveying, geography, and natural history. After serving in the Virginia militia, Lewis rose through the ranks to become President Thomas Jefferson's private secretary. In 1803, Jefferson sent Lewis to Pennsylvania to be trained in the areas of astronomy, mathematics, botany, paleontology, and biology. Lewis, his expeditionary partner, William Clark, and their men set off for the western wilderness in the spring of 1804 to explore the Louisiana Purchase—land west of the Mississippi river recently acquired from France. On November 8, 1805, Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific Ocean; when they returned...

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