Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804)
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In 1803, the Louisiana Purchase sparked interest in expansion to the west
coast. The United States did not know just what it was buying, and even
France was unsure how much land it was selling. A few weeks after the
purchase, President Thomas Jefferson, an advocate of western expansion,
had Congress appropriate $2,500 for an expedition.
2) The American expedition to the Pacific northwest was intended to
study the Indian tribes, botany, geology, Western terrain and wildlife in
the region, as well as evaluate the potential interference of British and
French Canadian hunters and trappers who were already well established in
the area. Jefferson selected Captain Meriwether Lewis to lead the
What did the expedition become known as?
Corps of Discovery
Louisiana Purchase Expedition
Rocky Mountain Discovery
3) Lewis declared the mouth of the river Camp Dubois (on the east side
of the Mississippi across from the mouth of the Missouri river) to be the
expedition's official point of departure.
However, in his journal
location is the first entry?
St. Louis, Missouri
4) They departed from Camp Dubois, near present day Hartford, Illinois,
and began their historic journey.
What is the date?
April 14, 1804
May 14, 1804
June 14, 1804
5) On May 24, they pass a settlement.
Who is it the home of?
6) On August 20, 1804, the expedition suffered its only death when
Sergeant Charles Floyd died.
Why did he die?
7) On August 3, the expedition holds the first official council between
representatives of the United States and the Oto and Missouri Indians.
They hand out peace medals, 15-star flags and other gifts, parade men and
show off technology.
What is the present location?
St. Louis, Missouri
Council Bluff, Iowa
Fort Atkinson, Nebraska
8) On August 30, a friendly council with the Yankton Sioux is held.
According to a legend, Lewis wraps a newborn baby in a United States flag
and declares him "an American."
9) November 4, Lewis and Clark meet Toussaint Charbonneau, a
French-Canadian fur trapper living among the Hidatsas with his 2 Shoshone
Who is NOT a wife of Charbonneau?
10) On December 24, the fort is considered complete. Expedition moves
in for the winter.
What is the fort's name?
Fort New Chance