This month, about 207 years ago, Lewis and Clark reached the end of their historical expedition, successfully traversing the then-unknown terrain of the Pacific Northwest. MarketMAPS maps out their epic journey.
Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1803, Captain Meriwether Lewis was made head of the Corps of Discovery. Lewis selected William Clark to be his partner. In May 1804, the two set out on an historic expedition. Their goal: to learn about the lands recently acquired by the US in the Louisiana Purchase and perhaps even discover new trade routes.
The Missouri River
Lewis and Clark, as well as about 33 other men in their company, began their journey by following the Missouri River westward, through present day Kansas City and Omaha. During the final week of August, the company reached the edge of the Great Plains.
Washburn, North Dakota
Heading northward, the expedition built Fort Mandan near present-day Washburn, North Dakota. Lewis and Clark had numerous disagreements with the local Indian tribes. Fights almost broke out, but luckily they met a French-Canadian fur trapper and his young Shoshone wife, Sacagawea. Sacagawea helped Lewis and Clark translate and interact with many of the Indian tribes they encountered.
In canoes, the Lewis and Clark team descended the mountains by the Clearwater River, the Snake River, and the Columbia River, past Celilo Falls and past what is now Portland, Oregon at the meeting of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. Following the Columbia River, Lewis and Clark, along with Sacagawea and the rest of their company reached Astoria, Oregon and the Pacific Ocean. After a bitter winter, the team began their journey back home in March 1806.
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