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The famous American explorers
President Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase
The first overland expedition to the Pacific coast
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Why are Meriwether Lewis and Clark famous?
A team led by Lewis and Clark made the first overland expedition undertaken by the United States to the Pacific coast and back. The exploration was sponsored by President Thomas Jefferson following the Louisiana Purchase when land stretching from the Mississippi River all the way to the Pacific Ocean (3700 miles) was purchased from the French. Jefferson chose Meriwether Lewis to lead the expedition and his partner was William Clark.

 

 

Short Biography of Meriwether Lewis
Date of Birth: Born on August 18, 1774
Place of Birth : Ivy, Albemarle County, Virginia
Parents: Father - Lt. William Lewis
             Mother: Lucy Meriwether
             Stepfather: Captain John Marks
Marital Status: Unmarried
Died: October 11, 1809 aged 35Short Biography of William Clark
Date of Birth: Born on August 1, 1770
Place of Birth : Virginia
Parents: Father - John Clark
Mother: Ann Rogers Clark
Marital Status: Married Julia Hancock and second wife was Harriet Kennerly Radford
Died: September 1, 1838

1770

 

August 1, 1770 - William Clark was born in Virginia

1774

 

August 18, 1774 - Meriwether Lewis was born in Virginia

1794

 

Lewis served in the army and was neighbors with Thomas Jefferson

1801

 

March 6, 1801 - Lewis was asked by President Thomas Jefferson to be his secretary

1803

 

April 1803 - Lewis was chosen by President Jefferson as commander of an expedition, referred to as the Corps of Discovery, to explore new land purchased from the French

1803

 

Lewis asks William Clark, a military leader and explorer, to join him in the expedition and share the command, which Clark accepts

1803

 

July 4, 1803 - Public announcement of the Louisiana Purchase

1803

 

July / August - Preparations made for the expedition along with recruitment consisting of about 40 men.

1803

 

Lewis and Clark establish Camp Wood, the winter camp for their expedition force, on the Wood River in Illinois.

1803

 

Lewis and Clark ensure that a keelboat is fully prepared for the journey. A keelboat is a river boat with a shallow draught and a keel. Keelboats were moved by rowing, punting or towing. Two smaller boats were also prepared

1804

 

May 14, 1804 - The Expedition of the new land acquired via the Louisiana Purchase begins at the Missouri River. The land stretched from the Mississippi River all the way to the Pacific Ocean

1804

 

July 4, 1804 - The expedition marks first 4th of July west of the Mississippi by firing the keelboat's cannon, and naming Independence Creek

1804

 

August 3, 1804 - Lewis and Clark present gifts to representatives of the Oto and Missouri Indians

1804

 

August 30, 1804 - Lewis and Clark meet with the friendly Yankton Sioux

1804

 

September 25, 1804 - Lewis and Clark meet the Teton Sioux and Chief Black Buffalo

1804

 

October 24, 1804 - Lewis and Clark discover earthlodge villages of the Mandan and Hidatsas Indians. They construct Fort Mandan across the river from the main village

1804

 

November 4, 1804 - Charbonneau & Sacagawea: A French Canadian fur trapper called Toussaint Charbonneau and his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea, are hired as interpreters. Only the Lacota tribe were hostile towards the expedition

1804

 

December 24, 1804 - Fort Mandan is completed for use as a winter camp

1805

 

April 7, 1805 - Lewis and Clark send the keelboat and 12 men back with maps, reports, Indian artefacts and other scientific specimens for President Jefferson

1805

 

April 7, 1805 -The remaining explorers head west and continue up the river in canoes. They are accompanied by Sacagawea, Charbonneau and their newborn baby, Jean-Baptiste

1805

 

June 13, 1805 - Scouting ahead of the rest of the expedition, Lewis comes across the Great Falls of the Missouri and four more waterfalls - the expedition have to carry boats and supplies overland for 18 milesto get past them

1805

 

July, 1805 - The expedition reaches the 3 forks of the Missouri River which they name the Gallatin, the Madison, and the Jefferson. The expedition continues southwest, up the Jefferson

1805

 

August 8, 1805 - Sacagawea recognizes Beaverhead Rock marking the headwaters of the Missouri, and the home of the Shoshone Indians. Lewis scouts ahead of the expedition

1805

 

August 12, 1805 - The shipment from fort Mandan is delivered to President Jefferson

1805

 

August 17, 1805 - The expedition meet the Shoshone chief Cameahwait, who is Sacagawea's brother

1805

 

August 17, 1805 -  Lewis and Clark name the site Camp Fortunate

1805

 

August - October 1805 - Lewis and Clark and the expedition travel across the harsh mountains until they reach the Columbia River

1805

 

November 7, 1805 - William Clark writes his most famous journal entry: "Ocean in view! O! the joy."

1805

 

November 1805 - The Clark and Lewis expedition encounter bad storms that halt their progress for nearly 3 weeks.

1805

 

January 4, 1806 - - President Jefferson receives a delegation of Missouri, Oto, Arikara, and Yankton Sioux chiefs who had met with Lewis and Clark more than a year earlier

1806

 

March 23, 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition begin the journey home

1806

 

June, 1806 - Lewis and Clark stay with the Nez Perce Indians in the Columbia River Plateau waiting for the snows to melt

1806

 

July 3, 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition splits up to explore more of the territory. Lewis takes the shortcut to the Great Falls, and the Maris River whilst Clark follows the the Yellowstone River

1806

 

July 25, 1806 - Near present-day Billings in Montana William Clark inscribes his name and the date on the rock face of Pompy's Tower - the inscription reads, "Wm. Clark July 25th 1806," which can still be seen today

1806

 

August 12, 1806 - the Lewis and Clark expeditions are reunited near the mouth of the Yellowstone River

1806

 

August 11 – Lewis is accidentally shot by a member of his own party

1806

 

August 14, 1806 -  Charbonneau, Sacagawea, and Jean Baptist leave the Lewis and Clark expedition and make their home at the Mandan village

1806

 

September 23, 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition reach St. Louis, ending their journey after two years, four months, and ten days

1806

 

Lewis and Clark were treated like National heroes

1807

 

1807, Jefferson appoints Lewis as governor of the Louisiana Territory and he settled in St. Louis

1808

 

William Clark married Julia Hancock on January 5, 1808, at Fincastle, Virginia, and they had five children

1809

 

Meriwether Lewis Died on October 11, 1809 aged 35 - his death is a mystery some say suicide, others say it was murder

1808

 

William Clark married Julia Hancock on January 5, 1808, at Fincastle, Virginia, and they had five children After Julia's death in 1820, William Clark married her first cousin, Harriet Kennerly Radford. They had another three children

1820

 

1820 - After Julia's death William Clark married his first wife's first cousin, Harriet Kennerly Radford. They had three children

1808

 

September 1, 1838 - William Clark died in St Louis. He was buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery

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