The small and young nation of America had become overcrowded. To stop this country from possibly crumbling on itself, President Thomas Jefferson paid a large sum of money for the Louisiana Territory. However, this territory needed a way from one side to the other. To answer the call to action, Jefferson hired Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to man the head of a cross-country expedition to chart the uncharted, trailblaze through untamed wilderness, and most of all, have unrivaled courage. However they also had another goal in mind, which was a rumored waterway to the West deemed the Northwest Passage.