What is the Louis and clark expedition?
Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803-06)
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. This territory is what is now the
northwest United States. 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 Volunteers for North Western
Discovery." At the time, Lewis was 29 years old and Clark was 33.
From there, they sailed down the Ohio River towards St. Louis.
The party of nearly 30 --including Lewis and Clark, three
sergeants, 22 enlisted men, volunteers, interpreters, and Clark's
slave -- departed St. Louis in May 1804 heading up the Missouri
River. They would spend their first winter at Fort Mandan at the
present site of Bismarck, North Dakota. It took about 3 weeks to
build Fort Mandan, which they named for the local natives, and they
settled in on Nov. 27, 1804. There, they acquired a guide and
translator, the Shoshone woman Sacagawea. In spring 1805, they
continued to the headwaters of the Missouri River, struggled across
the Continental Divide, and headed west along the Salmon, Snake,
and Columbia rivers to the Pacific. They returned to St. Louis the