The Lewis and Clark Expedition was from May 1804 to September 1806. June 10, 1803: A conestoga wagon loaded to capacity with 3500 pounds of supplies and equipment destined for the western expedition left Philadelphia. August 31, 1803: Keelboat completed, Lewis clark departs Pittsburgh and begins his 981-mile voyage down the Ohio River. October 14, 1803: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark met in Louisville, Kentucky, forming one of the most famous and successful partnerships in history. October 26, 1803: Lewis and Clark, together with the nucleus of the Corps of Discovery, set off down the Ohio River from Clarksville, Indiana.
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
Meriwether Lewis was born in Alembert County, Virginia, on August 18, 1774. Lewis joined the U.S. Army in 1794, serving six years in the Frontier Army.
Captain William Clark was born on August 1, 1770. Clark began his military career at age 19 when he joined the Kentucky Militia.
The 4 Sergeants Nathaniel Pryor, John Ordway, Patrick Gass and Charles Floyd.
Sergeant Nathaniel Pryor was born in Virginia in 1772. Sergeant Pryor was selected Squad Leader of the 1st Squad, comprising six privates.
John Ordway was one of the few well-educated men recruited for the expedition. Sergeant John Ordway was a young soldier from Hebron, New Hampshire.
Sergeant Patrick Gass was born in Pennsylvania, June 12, 1771. Lewis interceded, and enlisted Gass on January 3, 1804, after Gass had made a personal appeal to him.
Sergeant Charles Floyd was born in Kentucky on 1782. Floyd’s was also a writer and he published plenty of books.
#1 most important accomplishment was settlement in the west. This helped our economy grow more and helped our relations with the natives.
#2 most important accomplishment was discovering new wildlife. This helped us learn about our land and where we live a little bit more.
#3 most important accomplishment was discovering new geological landforms. This helped us a lot because we knew what we had to go through if we wanted to make a route to somewhere.
Their main hardship was that they were traveling through a land which they had no clue about. This was vey dangerous because the weather, and the geological landforms could be really different than what they were used to.
Second hardship they faced was people were getting sick because there was very little sanitation. This caused diseases and bacteria making people ill and killing some.
Third hardship was that it was very difficult to find food. This was a problem specially in winter months. They didn't have a lot of food so people were suffering from starvation.