10 Cool Facts About the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Weird History: “American history is full of wild tales of adventure, genuinely ludicrous achievements, and no small amount of super depressing things. Caught in this tawdry tangle of sometimes violent and horrific, sometimes glorious and heroic history are Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, whose 19th century US Army unit Corps of Discovery embarked on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which stands as a singular triumph of the American spirit and will.”

PBS American Experience: “They were two of the greatest explorers America has ever known. Tasked by President Thomas Jefferson with finding the fabled Northwest Passage, in 1803 Meriwether Lewis and his friend William Clark would lead the Corps of Discovery across America – and into history. Directed and co-produced by award-winning documentary maker Ken Burns, LEWIS & CLARK tells the story of the adventurers’ epic journey of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, and over the Continental Divide to the Pacific. What they and their brave companions – the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave, and others – discovered would change America forever. Step back in time with LEWIS & CLARK and see a new world as they first saw it – through eyes filled with wonder, marvelling at America’s promise.” See the PBS site.

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