Lewis and Clark Expedition

  • Starting out in the expedition

    Starting out in the expedition
    Lewis and Clark have been preparing this expedition since fall of 1803, they're finally on their expedition going up the Missouri with four dozen other men. Clark spent his time making charts and charting the course; while Lewis was ashore taking samples from things like rock, soil, etc.
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    Lewis and Clark Expedition

  • Heading Into Danger?

    Heading Into Danger?
    A party of Oto and Missouri Indians arrived at their camp. They were friendly and exchanged gifts and greetings. Sergeant Charles Floyd was the first U.S. Soldier to die on the west of Missouri and the only one to die on their expedition. The Yankton Sioux was more friendly than the Tenton Sioux, which were up the river from the Yanton. The Yantkon was disappointed by their gifts from the expedition and warned them about the Tanton Sioux.
  • Standoff With the Teton Sioux

    Standoff With the Teton Sioux
    Lewis and Clark and the gang failed to make peace with the Teton Sioux Indians. The chief demanded as a "price of passage". When the Indians became threatning, Lews and Clark drew their swords and their guns but both sides quickly retreated.
  • Racing Against Winter's Approach

    Racing Against Winter's Approach
    Lewis and Clark were eager to cover many miles across the Missouri. Four days later they arrived on the Mandan tribe village's. They planned to stay there for the winter time; and wasted no time building forts and hunting for food.
  • Winter Amoung the Mandan

    Winter Amoung the Mandan
    During the winter time in Fort Mandan Lewis and Clark kept busy hunting, gathering evidence from the area and exploring Fort Mandan. Sacajewea had her baby boy during that winter and would be traveling with them still after winter. Her husband was their interpreter. They also traded with the Natives near them.
  • Into Grizzly Country

    Into Grizzly Country
    This is the first time they headed west, their direction they were supposed to be heading. The Indians warned Lewis and Clark about these powerful creatures, but they were unimpressed. But on April 29th when they ran into Grizzlies, they decided to turn around. One even chased Lewis 80 meters before one of their colleagues managed to kill it.
  • Rockies in Sight

    Rockies in Sight
    In early May Lewis and Clark almost lost all of their journals, writings, etc. If it wasn't for Sacajewa all of their files and findings of everything would've been lost for good. When they finally managed to reach the mountains, they were filled with joy. But that feeling quickly went away when they realized what a challenge it would be.
  • A Fork in the River

    A Fork in the River
    A problem arised on June 3rd when they did not know which way to go to reach the mountains. They could not agree how to get there before winter time. They decided to listen to what the Indians had told them and went in search of the Green Falls.
  • Around the Great Falls

    Around the Great Falls
    Lewis was the first white man to see the Great Falls east of the Missiour river. On June 16th Lewis and Clark met up again and finished their exploration.
  • Toward the Continental Divide

    Toward the Continental Divide
    Lewis and Clark are getting closer to the snow-peaked mountains and they are looking for an Indian tribe. The Hidasta Indians told them they would encounter an Indian tribe nearby but the captains have yet to find them.
  • Among the Shoshone

    Among the Shoshone
    August 11th Lewis finally spotted and Indian on a horse. This was the first Indian tribe they've seen since Fort Mandan. The Shoshone led Lewis and Clark and his gang to the chief, who turned out to be Sacagawea's brother. Lewis and Clark had to drive a hard bargain to trade for a horse with the Shoshone tribe, who ended up ripping them off.
  • Deadly Crossing: The Bitterroots

    Deadly Crossing: The Bitterroots
    Winter began to fall at the Contintenal Divide. The horses and men were near starvation. They met up with a band of Flathead Indians who gave them more horses. After being in Bitterrot for 11 days they then met up with the Nez Perce Indians who gave them food. The captains set up a camp on the bank near the Clearwater River in the mighty of Columbia. On October 7th they broke the camp and started down the river current at it's back.