Lewis and clark expedition plants and animals found
What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition? by Judith St. GeorgeWhen Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corp of Discovery left St. Louis, Missouri, on May 21, 1804, their mission was to explore the vast, unknown territory acquired a year earlier in the Louisiana Purchase. The travelers hoped to find a waterway that crossed the western half of the United States. They didnt. However, young readers will love this true-life adventure tale of the two-year journey that finally brought the explorers to the Pacific Ocean.
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List of species described by the Lewis and Clark Expedition
All rights reserved. On a gloomy December afternoon in , a boat crept along the banks of the Mississippi River and landed at the mouth of the Wood River in what is now the state of Illinois. A group of men climbed out and began to set up camp under a dark canopy of oak trees. Suddenly a violent storm moved in, pelting the area with snow and hail. Among these men were Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, co-leaders of an expedition tasked with exploring land that the United States had recently acquired. When Thomas Jefferson became the third president of the United States in , the country basically stopped at the Mississippi River. France controlled much of the land to the west of this waterway.
Lewis and Clark became the first scientists to document the natural history of the American West. They were careful and accurate observers, and the experts of the time had trained Lewis in natural history and the methods of collecting samples of plants and animals. From St.
Johnsgard, courtesy of the University of Nebraska Press. Permission to reproduce is required. Note: These images are courtesy of the American Philosophical Society library. Toggle navigation. Bison, adult male. Grizzly bear adult top and black bear adult bottom. Elk, adult male.