This Day in History: Lewis and Clark Depart
This Day in History:
Clark Depart May 14, 1804 Meriwether Lewis and William
Clark were commissioned by
U.S. President Thomas Jefferson to lead an expedition of about 45 men to
explore the land purchased from
France as part of the Louisiana Purchase.
Nearly doubling the area of the
United States, the land was
largely unexplored by Europeans.
Beginning in St.
the expedition would last
almost two and a half years.
The expedition was eventually
accompanied by a French Canadian
fur trader and his Native American wife, Sacagawea.
After facing numerous dangers,
the group arrived at the Pacific
Ocean by way of the Columbia
River on November 8, 1805.