Lewis and Clarks Expedition started in St. Louis Missouri. 33 other men joined the expedition making the Corps of Discovery. Much preperation was needed to go on the expedtion, such as the Louisiana Purchase by Thomas Jefferson.
Start to finish of the Lewis and Clark Voyage
After experiencing many tribes, animals, and plants, Lewis and Clark finish their expedtion.
Casualty Sergeant Charles Floyd
On August 20, 1804 the first and only causualty took place. Sergeant Charles Floyd died of appendicitis. He was the first U.S. soldier to die west of the Mississippi River. He died only a few months after the expedition started. Thankfully this was the only causualty throught the Journey.
A spot where an animal profoundly affected the expedition
Private Joseph Field of the Corps killed the first buffalo August 23, 1804 in present day South Dakota. Buffalo was one of Lewis's favorite dishes. Near present day Montana Lewis wrote, "Game is still very abundant; we can scarcely cast out eyes in any direction without perceiving deer, elk, buffalo or antelope."
Experience with the Sioux Tribe
The first encounter with the Sioux Indians was good. Although the second encounter with Sioux was not so peaceful. The Corps met the Teton Sioux further west and during that encounter one of the chiefs demanded that the Corps give them a boat before being allowed to pass. The Corps refused to give them a boat. War almost broke out but before anything could happen, both sides retreated.
As Lewis and Clark prevailed with their journey they reached the villiages of Mandan. Lewis and Clark had the Corps built Fort Mandan near present day Washburn, North Dakota, where they stayed until April 1805. While waiting out the winter the first report was sent the President Jefferson.
A spot where weather profoundly influences the expedition
Accordsing to the Lewis and Clark journals, rough weather that slowe down the expedition was in Mandan. It was said to be as cold as -40F which at that temperatures froze ink and made it hard to right which made journal writing a hard task.
Sacagawea gives birth Jean Baptiste
Jean Baptiste was born by a French Canadian trapper Toussaint Charbonneau and Sacagawea. Jean was born on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Toussaint was hired by Lewis and Clark before the expidition started. Toussaint was Sacagaweas husband. Jean Babtiste was born at Fort Mandan.
Spot where a Plant or Tree affected the Expedition
While the Corps was moving the vehicles to head to the river Sacagewea was recocering from being sick. Because of this Lewis gave her some bark and opium to heal her.
Experience with the Shoshone Tribe
On August 17, 1805 Lewis and Clark were looking for the Shoshone Indians. The Corps needed horses to cross the Rockies and the Shoshone had them. Lewis and Clark finally found the Shoshones and wanted them to know that they came in peace. Lewis and Clark gave them gifts and red paint, which resembled peace.
The Corps in Idaho
The Corps arrived at the Continental Divide. Here they were forced to continue their journey on horseback at Lemhi Pass on the Montana-Idaho border. This occured on August 26, 1805. Not being able to travel by water but horseback created some difficulties.
A spot where the expedition was significantly aided by the help of a native tribe
Once crossing the Rockie Mountains, Lewis and Clark were greatly aided and helped by the Nez Perce tribe. At first the Nez Perce was very mad and skeptical about Lewis and Clark entering their territory, but soon helped them out with food and other goods. This greatly impacted the expedition.
Experienced a peaceful trade exchange with a native tribe
On October 18, 1805 the expedition met the Walla Walla tribe. The lead chief, Yelleppit, wanted the trade goods that Lewis and Clark could provide. They traded horses, guns, ammunition, and more that helped the Corps to prevail.
Experience at Fort Clatsop
Fort Clatsop was a camp that was along the Columbia River. Construction of the Fort began on December 9 of 1805. The Clatsop tribe traded with the Corps. Although te Fort was only open for trading 24 days out of the winter. This was the last camp before the Corps long road home to St. Louis.
Reubin Field Killed a Indian
Lewis woke to the shouts of his men. The Piegans were stealing their weapons. Drouillard and Lewis chased the Indians and retrieved their guns. Reubin Field, in his struggle, stabbed and killed one of the Piegan Indians. This was caused because the night before Lewis told the Piegans that they have been trading with their biggest enemy, the Nez Perce.
Return back to St. Louis
The Corps finally returns home from their long journey.