The Lewis and Clark Expedition

In 1803, Thomas Jefferson, the 3rd president of the United States, bought the Louisiana territory from Napoleon and France for 15 million dollars. This purchase doubled the size of the United States. President Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark on an expedition to explore this new territory. In the following assignment will learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition, as well as other people who braved the harsh conditions to travel west.

Answer the questions on your own paper using complete sentences.

1. What U.S. president bought the Louisiana Territory?
2. Who did he buy it from and how much did it cost?
3. How much bigger did the United States get from the purchase of the Louisiana Territory?
4. What was the purpose of the Lewis and Clark Expedition?

Go West Across America with Lewis and Clark

Background: Travel back in time to 1804-1806. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are leading an expedition to explore the American frontier. Along the way, they'll face challenges and hard choices. Can you help them make the right decisions?

Go west across America with Lewis and Clark
Click on the link above. Copy the sentences on your paper and write the correct answers as you go west.

5. The expedition departed from Camp Wood with a large supply of __________.

6. On the journey, the crew got a lot of its food by __________.

7. Lewis and Clark gave __________ to many tribal chiefs.

8. Black Buffalo was a Teton Sioux chief. He __________ the crew in September 1804.

9. Toussaint Charbonneau joined the expedition as an interpreter. His wife, __________, came too.

10. At a fork in the Missouri River, the crew chose to go __________.

11. To get through the Rockies, Lewis and Clark desperately needed __________.

12. Crossing the Bitterroot Mountains, the expedition encountered a __________.
traffic jam

13. The __________ Indians helped the explorers find fish and roots to eat.
Big Mouth
Teton Sioux
Nez Perce

14. After canoeing down the Columbia River, Lewis and Clark reached __________.
the Atlantic Ocean
the Pacific Ocean

Next, Go to Inside the Corps.
15. Sketch the map into your paper. It doesn't have to be beautiful. Just get the idea of what the country looked like.

Meriwether Lewis
16. When and where was Meriwether Lewis born?
17. What job did President Jefferson give Lewis?
18. What type of things did Lewis have to learn about before the trip? (3rd paragraph)

William Clark
19. What qualities did Clark have that made him a good man to help lead the expedition? (third paragraph)

Toussaint Charbonneau
20. Where was Toussaint Charbonneau from and what did he do to make money?
21. What job did Toussaint Charbonneau apply for?
22. Why would this job be important on the expedition?

23. How old was Sacagawea when she was kidnapped?
24. Who was she sold to?
25. What important job did Sacagawea do on the expedition?

Jean Baptiste Charbonneau
26. What was his nickname?
27. What did William Clark promise Charbonneau?

28. Who was York?

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29. When did York finally receive his freedom?

30. Who was Seaman?

Journals from the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Yes, you have to do this section also)

Write two journal entries as if you were on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Use the names of the actual people and places in your journals. You have plenty of information already from the work above. Use it to help you write your journals.