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Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804)

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Old West History Made Easy1) 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.

  • True or False?

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 expedition.
What did the expedition become known as?

  1. Corps of Discovery

  2. Louisiana Purchase Expedition

  3. 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 what location is the first entry?

  1. Washington, DC

  2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  3. St. Louis, Missouri

4) They departed from Camp Dubois, near present day Hartford, Illinois, and began their historic journey.
What is the date?

  1. April 14, 1804

  2. May 14, 1804

  3. June 14, 1804

5) On May 24, they pass a settlement.
Who is it the home of?

  1. Daniel Boone

  2. Davy Crockett

  3. Boone Pickens

6) On August 20, 1804, the expedition suffered its only death when Sergeant Charles Floyd died.
Why did he die?

  1. Indian attack

  2. Drowning

  3. Acute appendicitis

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?

  1. St. Louis, Missouri

  2. Council Bluff, Iowa

  3. 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."

  • True or False?

9) November 4, Lewis and Clark meet Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trapper living among the Hidatsas with his 2 Shoshone wives?
Who is NOT a wife of Charbonneau?

  1. Sacagawea

  2. Little Otter

  3. Pocahontas

10) On December 24, the fort is considered complete. Expedition moves in for the winter.
What is the fort's name?

  1. Fort Reed

  2. Fort Mandan

  3. Fort New Chance

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Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804)
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