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Unformatted text preview: Time Warp Trio In the Classroom ¡ Lewis and Clark… and Jodie, Freddi, and Samantha Lewis and Clark… and Jodie, Freddi, and Samantha www.tIMEwARPtRIO.cOM About the Show The girls’ wish for a camping trip transports them back to join Lewis and Clark on the Frst United States overland expedition to the PaciFc Coast. Even with Sacajawea’s help, will Jodie, ¡reddi, and Samantha, survive life in the snow-covered, bear-populated great outdoors? Introduction The Lewis and Clark expedition offers many opportunities for students to explore not only an important event in American history, but also the way in which history is interpreted and described from various perspectives. It provides many cross-curricular connections, especially in science and art. Historical Background In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson sent James Monroe to join Robert Livingston, the ambassador of ¡rance, in Paris to work out an agreement with Napoleon. The goal was to obtain the important port of New Orleans, owned by the ¡rench. This would allow America to compete more fully as an international trading power. Jefferson authorized Monroe and Livingston to offer as much as $10,000,000 for New Orleans. Napoleon had just sent his army to put down a slave rebellion in Haiti, led by Toussaint L’Ouverture. The con¢ict had cost Napoleon 50,000 soldiers, many of whom had died from yellow fever. ¡acing possible war with England, Napoleon decided to abandon his plans to build an empire in the Americas. Livingston was astounded when Napoleon’s minister offered to sell not only New Orleans, but all of the Louisiana Territory for $15,000,000—over 800,000 square miles of land for about four cents an acre, perhaps the greatest real estate deal in history. Curriculum Connections • American history • inventions • Lewis and Clark Subject Areas • art • language arts • science • social studies Time Warp Trio In the Classroom ¡ Lewis and Clark… and Jodie, Freddi, and Samantha Lewis and Clark… and Jodie, Freddi, and Samantha www.tIMEwARPtRIO.cOM Historical Background continued Congress approved the purchase, which encompassed what would become 13 states: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The new nation had doubled in size practically overnight, but no one knew precisely what the territory contained. In June 1803, Jefferson instructed Captain Meriwether Lewis and Captain William Clark to conduct an expedition: The object of your mission is to explore the Missouri river, & such principal stream of it, as, by it’s course & communication with the waters of the PaciFc Ocean, whether the Columbia, Oregon, Colorado or and other river may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of commerce....
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