Why did the Europeans and Americans explore the Pacific Northwest?
name four nation that participated of the pacific northwest
Balboa explored South America and Central America, and crossed the Isthmus of Panama. (An isthmus is a narrow piece of land connecting two larger bodies of land.) On the other side, he "discovered" the Pacific Ocean for Europeans. He and his soldiers were the first Europeans to see the Pacific Ocean from the Americas.
In 1804, US President Thomas Jefferson, sent Lewis and Clark on an expedition to explore and map out the Louisiana territory that Jefferson had purchased from Napoleon. The territory began in New Orleans and stretched northwest from the Mississippi Basin well into the Pacific Northwest. The "Purchase" almost doubled the size of the US and comprised about 828,000 unexplored square miles.