source, cross the western highlands, and follow the best water route to the pacific His instructions to lewis cited the need to learn about indian languages and customs, climate, plants, birds, reptiles, and insects. Jefferson hoped the expedition would find a water route across the continent b. Lewis and Clark were to trace Missouri River to its source, cross western highlands, find best water route across the continent to boost China trade, and learn about Indian culture and American wildlife. c. Lewis and Clark were later accompanied by fur-trade Toussaint Charbonneau (guide and interpreter) and his wife, Sacajawea, who kept on-looking Indians from attacking the group and kept band from starving As Lewis and Clark continued on their expedition they came across many tribes that would cause them problems. They became instant diplomats and like Jefferson instructed them, they asserted American sovereignty over the purchase. Led them to distribute medals and uniforms to chiefs ready to support American authority and to stage periodic military parades and displays of their weapons. Their diplomacy was successful because they avoided violence. d. Lewis and Clark reached the Pacific a year after they had set off, with a mass of scientific info on the region and the new knowledge that three hundred miles separated Missouri from Columbia
e. The expeditions drawings of the geography of the region led to more accurate maps and heightened interest in the west II. The Gathering Storm 1. Challenges on the Home Front a. Aaron Burr’s intrigues with extreme Federalists from New England, along with Senator Thomas Pickering; plotted to form a pro-British Northern Confederacy separate from union Many federalists disdained the plot, pickering and others settled on Burr as their leader and helped him gain federalist nomination for the governship of new york b. Hamilton thwarts Burr’s plans by denouncing Burr’s campaign for governor of New York through his “despicable opinion”; Burr would come to murder Hamilton in a duel for his insult c. Burr then allies himself with General James Wilkinson and conspires to separate western states south of Ohio River and West Florida into an independent confederacy; gained 60 followers They presented these ideas to westerners as having the covert support of the administration, to the british as a way to attack Spanish owned mexico and west florida, and to the Spanish as a way to divide up the united states d. Jefferson denounced conspiracy in Oct 1806; Wilkinson abandons Burr; Burr put on trial for treason e. Chief Justice Marshall infuriated Jefferson when deciding that Burr, despite his treasonable intentions, never truly committed treason. f. Burr would flee to Europe from the indictment for Hamilton’s murder; tried to incite Britain and France to ally and invade U.S.