Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Lewis and Clark journey begins.

On this day in 1804, the Lewis and Clark “Corps of Discovery” with approximately 45 men left Camp River Dubois, at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, for the American interior.
President Jefferson called the group the Corps of Discovery. It would be led by Jefferson’s secretary, Meriwether Lewis, and Lewis’ friend, William Clark.
Twenty-five hundred dollars had been appropriated to fund the Corps, whose mission was to explore the uncharted West. 
Most of the members were U.S. Army soldiers, chosen for their specific skills such as gunsmithing, hunting, or blacksmithing.

Over the next four years, the Corps would travel thousands of miles, experiencing lands, rivers and peoples that no Americans ever had before.

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