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A team led by Lewis and Clark made the first overland expedition undertaken by the United States to the Pacific coast and back. 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 Ocean (3700 miles) was purchased from the French. Jefferson chose Meriwether Lewis to lead the expedition and his partner was William Clark.

      Short Biography of Meriwether Lewis
Date of Birth: Born on August 18, 1774
Place of Birth : Ivy, Albemarle County, Virginia
Parents: Father - Lt. William Lewis
             Mother: Lucy Meriwether
             Stepfather: Captain John Marks
Marital Status: Unmarried
Died: October 11, 1809 aged 35Short Biography of William Clark
Date of Birth: Born on August 1, 1770
Place of Birth : Virginia
Parents: Father - John Clark
Mother: Ann Rogers Clark
Marital Status: Married Julia Hancock and second wife was Harriet Kennerly Radford
Died: September 1, 1838
 
         
    1770 August 1, 1770 - William Clark was born in Virginia  
         
    1774 August 18, 1774 - Meriwether Lewis was born in Virginia  
         
    1794 Lewis served in the army and was neighbors with Thomas Jefferson  
         
    1801 March 6, 1801 - Lewis was asked by President Thomas Jefferson to be his secretary  
         
    1803 April 1803 - Lewis was chosen by President Jefferson as commander of an expedition, referred to as the Corps of Discovery, to explore new land purchased from the French  
         
    1803 Lewis asks William Clark, a military leader and explorer, to join him in the expedition and share the command, which Clark accepts  
         
    1803 July 4, 1803 - Public announcement of the Louisiana Purchase  
         
    1803 July / August - Preparations made for the expedition along with recruitment consisting of about 40 men.  
         
    1803 Lewis and Clark establish Camp Wood, the winter camp for their expedition force, on the Wood River in Illinois.  
         
    1803 Lewis and Clark ensure that a keelboat is fully prepared for the journey. A keelboat is a river boat with a shallow draught and a keel. Keelboats were moved by rowing, punting or towing. Two smaller boats were also prepared  
         
    1804 May 14, 1804 - The Expedition of the new land acquired via the Louisiana Purchase begins at the Missouri River. The land stretched from the Mississippi River all the way to the Pacific Ocean  
         
    1804 July 4, 1804 - The expedition marks first 4th of July west of the Mississippi by firing the keelboat's cannon, and naming Independence Creek  
         
    1804 August 3, 1804 - Lewis and Clark present gifts to representatives of the Oto and Missouri Indians  
         
    1804 August 30, 1804 - Lewis and Clark meet with the friendly Yankton Sioux  
         
    1804 September 25, 1804 - Lewis and Clark meet the Teton Sioux and Chief Black Buffalo  
         
    1804 October 24, 1804 - Lewis and Clark discover earthlodge villages of the Mandan and Hidatsas Indians. They construct Fort Mandan across the river from the main village  
         
    1804 November 4, 1804 - Charbonneau & Sacagawea: A French Canadian fur trapper called Toussaint Charbonneau and his Shoshone wife, Sacagawea, are hired as interpreters. Only the Lacota tribe were hostile towards the expedition  
         
    1804 December 24, 1804 - Fort Mandan is completed for use as a winter camp  
         
    1805 April 7, 1805 - Lewis and Clark send the keelboat and 12 men back with maps, reports, Indian artefacts and other scientific specimens for President Jefferson  
         
    1805 April 7, 1805 -The remaining explorers head west and continue up the river in canoes. They are accompanied by Sacagawea, Charbonneau and their newborn baby, Jean-Baptiste  
         
    1805 June 13, 1805 - Scouting ahead of the rest of the expedition, Lewis comes across the Great Falls of the Missouri and four more waterfalls - the expedition have to carry boats and supplies overland for 18 milesto get past them  
         
    1805 July, 1805 - The expedition reaches the 3 forks of the Missouri River which they name the Gallatin, the Madison, and the Jefferson. The expedition continues southwest, up the Jefferson  
         
    1805 August 8, 1805 - Sacagawea recognizes Beaverhead Rock marking the headwaters of the Missouri, and the home of the Shoshone Indians. Lewis scouts ahead of the expedition  
         
    1805 August 12, 1805 - The shipment from fort Mandan is delivered to President Jefferson  
         
    1805 August 17, 1805 - The expedition meet the Shoshone chief Cameahwait, who is Sacagawea's brother  
         
    1805 August 17, 1805 -  Lewis and Clark name the site Camp Fortunate  
         
    1805 August - October 1805 - Lewis and Clark and the expedition travel across the harsh mountains until they reach the Columbia River  
         
    1805 November 7, 1805 - William Clark writes his most famous journal entry: "Ocean in view! O! the joy."  
         
    1805 November 1805 - The Clark and Lewis expedition encounter bad storms that halt their progress for nearly 3 weeks.  
         
    1805 January 4, 1806 - - President Jefferson receives a delegation of Missouri, Oto, Arikara, and Yankton Sioux chiefs who had met with Lewis and Clark more than a year earlier  
         
    1806 March 23, 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition begin the journey home  
         
    1806 June, 1806 - Lewis and Clark stay with the Nez Perce Indians in the Columbia River Plateau waiting for the snows to melt  
         
    1806 July 3, 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition splits up to explore more of the territory. Lewis takes the shortcut to the Great Falls, and the Maris River whilst Clark follows the the Yellowstone River  
         
    1806 July 25, 1806 - Near present-day Billings in Montana William Clark inscribes his name and the date on the rock face of Pompy's Tower - the inscription reads, "Wm. Clark July 25th 1806," which can still be seen today  
         
    1806 August 12, 1806 - the Lewis and Clark expeditions are reunited near the mouth of the Yellowstone River  
         
    1806 August 11 – Lewis is accidentally shot by a member of his own party  
         
    1806 August 14, 1806 -  Charbonneau, Sacagawea, and Jean Baptist leave the Lewis and Clark expedition and make their home at the Mandan village  
         
    1806 September 23, 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition reach St. Louis, ending their journey after two years, four months, and ten days  
         
    1806 Lewis and Clark were treated like National heroes  
         
    1807 1807, Jefferson appoints Lewis as governor of the Louisiana Territory and he settled in St. Louis  
         
    1808 William Clark married Julia Hancock on January 5, 1808, at Fincastle, Virginia, and they had five children  
         
    1809 Meriwether Lewis Died on October 11, 1809 aged 35 - his death is a mystery some say suicide, others say it was murder  
         
    1808 William Clark married Julia Hancock on January 5, 1808, at Fincastle, Virginia, and they had five children After Julia's death in 1820, William Clark married her first cousin, Harriet Kennerly Radford. They had another three children  
         
    1820 1820 - After Julia's death William Clark married his first wife's first cousin, Harriet Kennerly Radford. They had three children  
         
    1808 September 1, 1838 - William Clark died in St Louis. He was buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery  
         
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