President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the expedition shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 to explore and to map the newly acquired territory, to find a practical route across the western half of the continent, and to establish an American presence in this territory before European powers attempted to establish claims in the region. The campaign’s secondary objectives were scientific and economic: to study the area’s plants, animal life, and geography, and to establish trade with local Native American tribes. The expedition returned to St. Louis to report its findings to Jefferson, with maps, sketches, and journals in hand.
Scott, using his storytelling skills, takes us through the realities of the 2-year expedition by a select group of U.S. Army and civilian volunteers, led by Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend Second Lieutenant William Clark. The Lewis and Clark Expedition started on August 31st, 1803, and terminated on September 25, 1806, was also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition. Their mission was to cross the newly acquired western portion of the country after the Louisiana Purchase – making its way westward, and crossing the Continental Divide of the Americas before reaching the Pacific Coast.
In other words, they had to be completely dependent upon God, what skills they had, and fully dependent upon the native Indians they came across, all of whom did not speak each other’s language. They had to rely upon what food they found on the land. Incredibly there was only one death during the 2-year expedition. Each member of the expedition had to personally carry all their gear, including canoes, across the land.
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