The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Part 3 - "Ocian in View!" | 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 third segment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition chronicles the journey from Fort Mandan to their arrival at the Pacific Ocean. The most challenging portions of the trek west take place here: the portage around the Great Falls, and crossing the Bitterroot Mountains using the Lolo trail. Without the contributions of Sacagawea and the Nimiipuu woman named Watkuweis, this expedition would have failed! After arriving at the Pacific Ocean in November 1805, the expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806 at Fort Clatsop.

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