Why did president jefferson send lewis and clark out west?
Because American's had little idea of what the lands west of the Mississippi river were like. The only small bits of information came from French trappers and traders and some Spanish and British explorers. Jefferson also funded the exposition to establish trade with the Native Americans and to find a waterway across the continent that spilled into the Pacific Ocean. He was also very fascinated about the geography and plant and animal life in the Western lands.
To find out what he had bought in the Louisiana Purchase.
Thomas Jefferson had dreamed of exploring the West for at least 20 years before he even became President. In 1783 he had even asked William Clark's brother, George, to take on… the challenge. The Louisiana Purchase would later alter the character of the planned expedition from an exploration of French territory to a first glimpse of lands that, in the view of many contemporaries, were essential to maintaining the agrarian, republican character of the nation. After the territory of "Louisiane" was purchased in 1803, Jefferson saw his chance but by then George Clark was unwilling to go, therefore he asked Meriwether Lewis, his secretary of state, to go on the journey. William Clark would meet up with Lewis weeks later at Camp Dubois before the the two headed to St. Louis. Because Jefferson wanted to have another exploration that would hopefully succeed. To explore the Louisiana purchase.
He sent them to the west to explore the new in the west that congress had just bought from the Frenches to also discover the new
In January of 1803, Jefferson requested $2500 from Congress to pay for the costs of the trip. Thomas Jefferson then commissioned Capt. Meriwether Lewis (his presidential aide)… to explore the newly purchased Louisiana Territory. Before Lewis met up with Clark, he began the expedition on August 30, 1803 in Pittsburgh PA. Lt. William Clark would offer to join Lewis on the expedition weeks later on October 13, 1803 at Camp Dubois (in present-day Indiana). They then named their team the "Corps of Discovery." From there, they sailed down the Ohio River towards St. Louis. The party then departed St. Louis in May 1804 heading up the Missouri River.
the presidentwanted them to go because he wanted them to explore so they could chart and route the Mississippi river.
to negotiate the purchase of the Louisiana territory. =]
Gifts sent to Jefferson by the Lewis and Clark Expedition: (Note that Jefferson usually kept only some of the gifts, and sent most to the Charles Wilson Peale, artist, natu…ral scientist and proprieter of the Philadelphia Museum) 1.) Horned lizard from the Osage plains 2.) A prairie dog (which they spent a day catching, and managed to arrive to Washington D.C. alive) 3.) 4 magpies 4.) a grouse
1. To explore the Louisiana purchase 2. Find the northwest passage 3. To research the plants and animals of the Louisiana Purchase
The expedition's goal as stated by President Jefferson was "to explore the Missouri River, & such principal stream of it as, by its course & communication with the water of th…e Pacific ocean may offer the most direct & practicable water communication across this continent, for the purposes of commerce." In addition, the expedition was to learn more about the Northwest's natural resources, inhabitants, and possibilities for settlement, Jefferson's instruction to Lewis were: "Beginning at the mouth of the Missouri, you will take observations of latitude and longitude at all remarkable points on the river, & especially at the mouths of rivers, at rapids, at islands & other places & objects distinguished by such natural marks & characters of a durable kind, as that they may with certainty be recognized hereafter....The variations of the compass too, in different places should be noticed." (considering the Native Americans) " ...You will therefore endeavor to make yourself acquainted, as far as diligent pursuit of your journey shall admit with the names of the nations & their numbers, the extent & limits of their possessions; their relations with other tribes or nations; their language, traditions, monuments, their ordinary occupations in agriculture, fishing, hunting, war, arts & the implements for these, their food, clothing, & domestic accommodations, the diseases prevalent among them, & the remedies they use, moral and physical circumstance which distinguish them from the tribes they know, particularities in their laws, customs & dispositions, and articles of commerce they may need or furnish & to what extent. " " Other objects worthy of notice will be the soil & face of the country, it's growth & vegetable productions, especially those not of the US; the animals of the country generally & especially those not known in the US; the remains & accounts of any which may be deemed rare or extinct; the mineral productions of every kind, but more particularly metals, limestone, pit coal & saltpetre, salines & mineral waters, noting the temperature of the last & such circumstances as may indicate their character; volcanic appearances; climate as characterized by the thermometer, by the proportion of rainy, cloudy & clear days, by lightening, hail, snow, ice, by the access & recess of frost, by the winds, prevailing at different seasons & the dates at which particular plants put forth or lose their flower or leaf, times of appearance of particular birds, reptiles or insects."
Lewis and Clark spent an entire day trying to capture a prairie dog, after they encountered their first prairie dog city which covered some four acres on September 7, 1804. Th…e following April they sent one live prairie dog to Jefferson with the small party that returned downriver to St. Louis. Remarkably, the creature arrived alive. They also sent various him Native American pieces of clothing, weapons, etc.
he was fascinated by it.
In History of the United States
Thomas Jefferson had dreamed of exploring the West for at least 20 years before he even became President. In 1783 he had even asked William Clark's brother, George, to take on… the challenge. The Louisiana Purchase would later alter the character of the planned expedition from an exploration of French territory to a first glimpse of lands that, in the view of many contemporaries, were essential to maintaining the agrarian, republican character of the nation. The Louisiana Territory had been a land purchase transaction by the United States of America of 828,800 square miles of the French territory "Louisiane" in 1803. The U.S. paid 60 million francs ($11,250,000) plus cancellation of debts worth 18 million francs ($3,750,000), a total cost of $15,000,000 for the Louisiana Territory. After finally purchasing the Louisiana Territory, Jefferson had requested $2500 from Congress to pay for the costs of the trip. However that money was used to provide for medicine, gifts for the Native Americans and camp equipment. Jefferson as well as those in the American Philosophical Society would provide minor donations of books, maps, and scientific equipment. To pay for supplies obtained from trading posts along the way Lewis and Clark used a government issued IOU. They also did a lot of bartering, especially with Native Americans.
In History of the United States
They were looking for a all water route to Asia.
In Lewis and Clark
the Pacific Coast
In Lewis and Clark
president Jefferson send Lewis and Clark on an expedition to the west because president Jefferson wanted to learn as much as he can he could about the land (Louisiana) he boug…ht.
In Thomas Jefferson
\n. he had them lead an expidition to map out the land to the west coast