Lewis and Clark Expedition
From Thomas Jefferson Encyclopedia
See also Origins of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Preparations for the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Jefferson commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803 to explore the northwest territory in order to observe a transcontinental route and natural resources.
In 1804, about 45 men headed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark moved up the Missouri River, crossed the Rocky Mountains, and from the Columbia River, reached the Pacific Ocean by November 1805. They returned to St. Louis by September 1806 with great fanfare and important information on native people, plants and animals, and geography (the Rockies destroyed any plans for easy navigation).
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Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. VHS. Directed by Ken Burns. Alexandria, VA: PBS Home Video, c1997.
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Moulton, Gary E, ed. Atlas of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, c1983.
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