10 Fun Facts about Lewis and Clark

Post On: January 2, 2017
By: Agustina

Facts about Lewis and Clark tell the readers about the two leaders of the first American expedition, which explores the western part of US. The expedition is also called the Corps of Discovery Expedition.  The beginning of the exploration was located nearby St. Louis. The commission of the expedition was under the direct order of President Thomas Jefferson after Louisiana Purchase was made in 1803.

Facts about Lewis and Clark 1: who was on the expedition?

The leaders of the expedition were Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark. Both commanded the group of United States Army volunteers.

Lewis and Clark Facts

Lewis and Clark Facts

Facts about Lewis and Clark 2: the period of the expedition

The beginning of the expedition was from May 1804. It ended in September 1806.

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Facts about Lewis and Clark 3: who was Meriwether Lewis?

Lewis was born on 18th August 1774 and died on 11th October 1809. He was known as not only an explorer but also a public administrator, politician, and soldier.



Facts about Lewis and Clark 4: the primary objective of Lewis and Clark expedition

Do you know the primary objective of Lewis and Clark expedition? It was used to explore the regions included in Louisiana Purchase.

Lewis and Clark Map

Lewis and Clark Map

Facts about Lewis and Clark 5: Governor of Upper Louisiana

In 1806, Lewis served as the Governor of Upper Louisiana under the government of President Thomas Jefferson.

Facts about Lewis and Clark 6: the death of Lewis

In 1809, Lewis passed away due to a gunshot. The cause of gunshot probably caused a suicide or murder.

Lewis and Clark Memorial

Lewis and Clark Memorial

Facts about Lewis and Clark 7: who was William Clark?

William Clark was an explorer, territorial governor, Indian agent and soldier. He was born on 1st August 1770 and died on 1st September 1838. Clark was also known as a slaveholder and planter.

Facts about Lewis and Clark 8: the life of Clark before the expedition

Before the expedition, Clark worked in a militia. Then he served as an army of United States.  Then he was appointed as the governor of Missouri Territory.

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Facts about Lewis and Clark 9: an Indian agent

Clark became Superintendent of Indian Affairs in 1822 until 1838.

Facts about Lewis and Clark

Facts about Lewis and Clark

Facts about Lewis and Clark 10: the death of Clark

Clark passed away at the age of 68 on 1st September 1838 in St. Louis. The burial place was located in Bellefontaine Cemetery. The grave was marked by a gray granite obelisk, which had the height of 11 meter or 35 feet.

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