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The Lewis and Clark Expedition WRITTEN BY DIAMON GALBRAITH Olga Biddix | History | 12-12-2018
Lewis and Clark Expedition What is the Lewis and Clark Expedition? The Lewis and Clark Expedition is a voyage that was ordered by Thomas Jefferson for the exploration of the northwestern territories of the United States . The Expedition was led Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Their Objective was to travel and discover what resided in the land that they had bought through the Louisiana Purchase . The Lewis and Clark Expedition had definitely changed history and is a great historical event that led to many different outcomes of the United States . Meriwether Lewis was in charge of the Lewis and Clark expedition . Lewis was born in Virginia during 1774 and moved to Georgia, where he spent most of his childhood . In his teenager years, he moved back to Virginia to continue his education in college . When he finished college in 1793, he decided to join the Virginia Militia in which he ended up putting an end to the Whiskey Rebellion (History . com) . Soon after, He became a Captain for the United States Army . After serving in the Army for a few years, and at age twenty-seven he became a personal secretary for President Thomas Jefferson. Lewis’ Partner in this Expedition was William Clark . William Clark was chosen by Meriwether Lewis and Thomas Jefferson to go on the Expedition through the newly gained lands of the Louisiana Purchase . Clark was born in Virginia, Like Lewis, during 1770 and Moved to Kentucky at the age of fifteen . At the PAGE 1
age of nineteen , he joined the State Militia for Kentucky and that led to him joining the United States Army where he served under the command of Meriwether Lewis (History . com) . After a few years in the Army, Clark was Commissioned under President George Washington as a Lieutenant of infantry . In 1796, He returned to his family’s home to take charge of the estate in place of his father . Around seven years later, Lewis showed up and asked him to take part in an adventure that would change the history of America forever . Lewis and Clark both had to Prepare for their Expedition that would take them around two years to complete . They decided to pack necessities such as a sextant, compass, medicine/medicinal herbs , maps, extra clothes, fishing supplies, flint and steel, telescope, chronometer, weapons, mosquito nets , salt, soap, corn mill, utensils, books, and journals (History . com) . They brought gifts for the Native Americans that resided in these lands, as well , such as beads, brightly-colored cloth, ribbon, sewing supplies, mirrors, face paint, tobacco, ivory combs, and knives . Lewis and Clark were very prepared for this voyage, and they also brought thirty-three men with them as well . Basically , Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana territory and he wanted the other countries to stay away from it, so he wanted to claim the land as soon as possible .

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