By Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a systematic excursion to discover the newly received Louisiana buy. The target used to be to profit extra in regards to the Northwest's normal assets, population, and chances for cost. The Lewis and Clark excursion was once the second one recorded transcontinental crossing of North the US north of Mexico by way of white americans. Their trip was once major in that the 1st actual maps of the realm have been produced, there has been a greater knowing of the Northwest's normal assets, and so they verified pleasant kinfolk with American Indians. even supposing they have been not able to find the fabled, elusive Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark's achievements sparked American curiosity within the West and reinforced the nation's declare to the realm. The assurance contains: Thomas Jefferson's help of the excursion as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with amassing suggestion and buying provides; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and antagonistic; the animals they encountered; the position performed via Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tough trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.
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There he hoped to say good-bye to Chief Black Cat. The chief was not there, so Lewis walked back down the river to the expedition’s camp. They had traveled only three miles from their starting point. Next day’s progress was little better although they were slowed by the swamping of one of the canoes and the need to stop and dry a barrel of gunpowder that had gotten soaked. By the third day, the expedition hit its stride. The canoes journeyed nearly 24 miles (38 km) upstream. On April 10, they made nearly 19 miles (30 km).
The captains perceived that they were in full agreement with its sentiments. “Those people express great Satisfa[ct]ion at the Speech Delivered,” Clark wrote that evening. On August 19, further up the Missouri, they met another party of Otoe and Missouri. This party included Little Thief and a Missouri chief named Big Horse. Once again Lewis gave his speech and showed oﬀ the gun. The present giving did not work out quite as well this time. Big Horse felt he had been honored less than had Little Thief.
One famous passage was penned on April 7. “This little ﬂeet,” he wrote, meaning the expedition’s white and red pirogues, plus the six new dugout canoes: altho’ not quite so rispectable as those of Columbus or Capt. Cook, were still viewed by us with as much pleasure as those deservedly famed adventurers ever beheld theirs. . We were now about to penetrate a country at least two thousand miles in width, on which the foot of civilized man had never trodden; the good or evil it had in store for us was for experiment yet to determine, and these little vessels contained every article by which we were to expect to subsist or defend ourselves.