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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Lewis and Clark Expedition 1804-1806 Washington Missouri In April 1803, The United States, under President Thomas Jefferson, purchased 828,000 square miles (2,144,510 square km) of land from France.This land acquisition is commonly known as the Louisiana Purchase. President Jefferson requested that Congress approve $2,500 for an exploratory expedition west. Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to explore the Missouri Basin by crossing over the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. He was expecting for them to encounter wooly mammoths, erupting volcanoes, and a mountain of pure salt. Captain Meriwether Lewis was President Thomas Jefferson's private secretary. He was in charge of the expedition to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. He asked his friend William Clark to help. Lieutenant William Clark served in the United States Army. The expedition was two years long (1804-1806). As a result, Lewis and Clark discovered several species of animals along the way. They even wrote journal entries about what they discovered. Along the way, Lewis and Clark met many Native Americans and became friends with them. They also met Sacagawea who helped them and joined the expedition to help them get their way and teach them methods of survival. This event is very important in American history because it has introduces members to new cultures and opportunities which opened a new chapter in American history.It opened the west for a young and developing nation, and the explorers found a waterway to the Pacific Ocean. Because of this expedition, it led to the discovery of many new species, trade, plants, and waterways. Their expedition set the stage for settlement of the West which turned out successful.
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