Not discovering something that didn't exist was hardly lewis and clark's fault, but the expedition also failed in a much more important way it produced nothing useful meriwether lewis was supposed to distill his notes into a gripping narrative, but he had writer's block and killed himself in 1809 without ever. Day by day with lewis & clark this radio broadcast series, originally aired by yellowstone public radio, tells the daily stories of the expedition starting in 1804 and ending in 1806 more discovery paths. Meriwether lewis facts: explorer and us army officer, meriwether lewis (1774- 1809) has been saluted as america's foremost explorer the lewis and clark with a soldier's life while on frontier duty, lewis met william clark, who was commanding the special company of sharpshooters to which lewis was transferred. William clark was an american explorer who along with meriwether lewis led an epic expedition to the pacific northwest this biography of william clark provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline. Meriwether lewis was born in albemarle county, virginia, on august 18, 1774, the second child and first son of william and lucy meriwether lewis his father, who had on july 29, lewis received clark's response: “my friend i assure you no man lives with whome i would perfur to undertake such a trip &c as your self”. The corps of discovery comprised a selected group of us army volunteers under the command of captain meriwether lewis and his close friend, second lieutenant william clark president thomas jefferson commissioned the expedition shortly after the louisiana purchase in 1803 to explore and to map the newly. The american writers series guests examine the history of westward expansion through the writings of meriwether lewis and william clark while i understand that question, i wish that folks would focus more on lewis's life and on his accomplishments he dies a. The timeline of event in the lives of lewis and clark the exploration was sponsored by president thomas jefferson following the louisiana purchase when land stretching from the mississippi river all the way to the pacific jefferson chose meriwether lewis to lead the expedition and his partner was william clark.
—william clark, 1806 on a cold rainy day in mid-may 1806, meriwether lewis sat in camp along the clearwater river and wondered where the indians were neighbors, lewis's observation reveals something fundamental about western exploration in general and thomas jefferson's corps of discovery in particular. President jefferson's choice to lead an expedition was meriwether lewis, his former secretary and a fellow native of albemarle county, virginia having reached the rank of captain in the us while in the army, lewis had served in a rifle company commanded by william clark it was clark whom lewis chose to assist him. States, and thomas jefferson's appointment of meriwether lewis and william clark to lead a corps of discovery up on the exploration, ethnography and natural history of the american west, from vancouver's voyages many of the illustrations of indian life and the american west in this exhibit were made to accompany.
(3) demonstrate knowledge of the explorations of the trans-mississippi west following the louisiana purchase (eg, meriwether lewis and william clark, zebulon pike john frémont) history-social napoleon bonaparte had come to power in france in 1799 and became “consul for life” in 1802 napoleon had dreams. When us president thomas jefferson sent former soldiers meriwether lewis and william clark on their cross-continental trek in 1804, he directed them to record every object in their surroundings “worthy of notice especially those not known in the us” jefferson had recently purchased the louisiana. William clark was a retired soldier when he was recruited by meriwether lewis to share command of the lewis and clark expedition to explore the area acquired through the louisiana purchase his skills in discovery on their journey this page details facts about william clark's life and the events that shaped his history.
Explorer and us army officer, meriwether lewis (1774-1809) has been saluted as america's foremost explorer the lewis and clark expedition is often called america's national epic of exploration meriwether lewis was born in albemarle county, va, on aug 18, 1774 his father became a revolutionary war officer and. The exploration of the american west by meriwether lewis and william clark and their entourage, which came to life in 1803 and covered thousands of miles from 1804 to 1806, has become an important episode in american history this reputation demands that commemoration rests on a purpose and poses questions to.
Tradition that shaped american exploration in the age of jefferson thomas jefferson's explorers-meriwether lewis, william clark, zebulon montgomery pike thomas freeman, william dunbar, and peter custis-lived during a time of discovery not since the sixteenth century had there been such a rush to voyage the seas. Kopra is also the latest explorer in a direct line from the administration of thomas jefferson, the president who launched america's government-sponsored exploration believing it was a hallmark of peaceful advancement, jefferson sent meriwether lewis and william clark, william dunbar and george.
But our modern image of lewis and clark—exalted heroes of american exploration—is a fairly recent phenomenon for nearly 150 years after their expedition, the nation almost forgot about meriwether lewis and william clark completely “it really is an interesting rollercoaster, from the invisible to the. Meriwether lewis and william clark are best known for their exploration from 1804 to 1806 of the louisiana purchase and the northwest territory in what is now in turn, lewis asked william clark, a former us army friend, to be a co- leader of the expedition these early explorations would prove useful in his later life. Meriwether lewis was born august 18, 1774 at the lewis family estate, locust hill, in albemarle county, va thomas jefferson knew meriwether lewis for the latter's entire life jefferson left the task of recruiting men to accompany the exploration to lewis and allowed him to invite william clark to be his co-captain.
Meriwether lewis's life was marred by tragedy after his triumphant return with the corps of discovery in 1806 widely celebrated for his and william clark's achievements, lewis was made governor of the louisiana territory in 1808 his great abilities as leader of the expedition, however, did not translate into a successful. He assigned his private secretary meriwether lewis, a bright student of science and a military veteran, the task of preparing plans for the exploration william clark lived out his life as a public official as louisiana territory superintendent of indian affairs, governor of missouri territory, and finally as federal superintendent. With an oared riverboat known as a keelboat, two smaller rowboats known as pirogues, and 55 men--including a number of soldiers, translators, a slave, and a dog named seaman--capt meriwether lewis and 2nd lt william clark set out on the journey that would consume their lives for the following two and a half years. Jefferson's instructions for meriwether lewis no document proved more important for the exploration of the american west than the letter of instructions jefferson prepared for lewis jefferson's letter became the charter for federal exploration for the remainder of the nineteenth century the letter combined national.
William clark and meriwether lewis are the most famous explorers in us history in 1804, at the although he could read and write, clark struggled with spelling errors and inconsistent capitalization throughout his life when lewis asked william clark to serve as co-commander of the expedition, clark readily accepted. Documentary allen, stephen ambrose the story of the most important american exploration expedition in american history and the participants in it this film documents the exploration expedition led by meriwether lewis william clark into the interior of north america in the early 19th century we follow the corps of. One of the forces that propels scientific and cultural advancement is exploration the mission of nasa is to pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research through this mission, nasa leads the nation in pushing the boundaries of exploration and discovering new frontiers, and, as a.