The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Part 2 - The Journey West | History In A Nutshell


The 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 second part of this edition outlines the early days of the journey west: breaches of conduct by several members of the expedition, the death of Sergeant Charles Floyd, documenting never-before-seen animals and plants, encountering the first bands of Native American tribes such as the Otoe, Arikara and Yankton Sioux, and spending the winter of 1804-1805 at Fort Mandan. That winter stay at Fort Mandan is when Lewis and Clark would meet one of their most crucial members - Sacagawea!

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