The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Part 1 - Introduction | History In A Nutshell

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The KnowItAll.org team is proud to unveil the newest edition of History In A Nutshell: an expose about the Corps of Discovery's journey west, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark! The Lewis and Clark Expedition represents a true American tale, how they opened up the American west for future generations.  Between 1804-1806, Lewis and Clark led a trek exploring the newly acquired Louisiana Territory; their primary task being to confirm the existence of the fabled "Northwest Passage" waterway, which could potentially open up invaluable trade routes with Asia. Was the Louisiana Purchase worth the $15 million dollar price tag? Find out with this edition of History In A Nutshell!

The first part of this edition outlines Americans' desire to explore the then unknown west of the early 1800s. President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France in 1803, and recruited his own personal secretary Meriwether Lewis to lead a team of men on a journey to the Pacific ocean. Lewis traveled to Philadelphia, PA to study from the nation's top scientific minds while his close personal friend William Clark recruited the men for the expedition at Fort DuBois, located just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. 

History In A Nutshell is a series that explains historical events in layman's terms. Produced by KnowItAll.org, a K-12 website owned and managed by South Carolina ETV.