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Lewis and Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark Expedition

May 14, 2012

Departure On May 14, 1804 crowds lined the banks of the Missouri River as Merriweather Lewis and William Clark, and a mix of soldiers and civilians, began the first transcontinental expedition undertaken by the United States. The expedition was undertaken for a variety of reasons, including reaching the Pacific; studying the plants, wildlife, and geography;...