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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
 
     
  1770August 1, 1770 - William Clark was born in Virginia 
     
  1774August 18, 1774 - Meriwether Lewis was born in Virginia 
     
  1794Lewis served in the army and was neighbors with Thomas Jefferson 
     
  1801March 6, 1801 - Lewis was asked by President Thomas Jefferson to be his secretary 
     
  1803April 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 
     
  1803Lewis asks William Clark, a military leader and explorer, to join him in the expedition and share the command, which Clark accepts 
     
  1803July 4, 1803 - Public announcement of the Louisiana Purchase 
     
  1803July / August - Preparations made for the expedition along with recruitment consisting of about 40 men. 
     
  1803Lewis and Clark establish Camp Wood, the winter camp for their expedition force, on the Wood River in Illinois. 
     
  1803Lewis 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 
     
  1804May 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 
     
  1804July 4, 1804 - The expedition marks first 4th of July west of the Mississippi by firing the keelboat's cannon, and naming Independence Creek 
     
  1804August 3, 1804 - Lewis and Clark present gifts to representatives of the Oto and Missouri Indians 
     
  1804August 30, 1804 - Lewis and Clark meet with the friendly Yankton Sioux 
     
  1804September 25, 1804 - Lewis and Clark meet the Teton Sioux and Chief Black Buffalo 
     
  1804October 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 
     
  1804November 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 
     
  1804December 24, 1804 - Fort Mandan is completed for use as a winter camp 
     
  1805April 7, 1805 - Lewis and Clark send the keelboat and 12 men back with maps, reports, Indian artefacts and other scientific specimens for President Jefferson 
     
  1805April 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 
     
  1805June 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 
     
  1805July, 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 
     
  1805August 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 
     
  1805August 12, 1805 - The shipment from fort Mandan is delivered to President Jefferson 
     
  1805August 17, 1805 - The expedition meet the Shoshone chief Cameahwait, who is Sacagawea's brother 
     
  1805August 17, 1805 -  Lewis and Clark name the site Camp Fortunate 
     
  1805August - October 1805 - Lewis and Clark and the expedition travel across the harsh mountains until they reach the Columbia River 
     
  1805November 7, 1805 - William Clark writes his most famous journal entry: "Ocean in view! O! the joy." 
     
  1805November 1805 - The Clark and Lewis expedition encounter bad storms that halt their progress for nearly 3 weeks. 
     
  1805January 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 
     
  1806March 23, 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition begin the journey home 
     
  1806June, 1806 - Lewis and Clark stay with the Nez Perce Indians in the Columbia River Plateau waiting for the snows to melt 
     
  1806July 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 
     
  1806July 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 
     
  1806August 12, 1806 - the Lewis and Clark expeditions are reunited near the mouth of the Yellowstone River 
     
  1806August 11 – Lewis is accidentally shot by a member of his own party 
     
  1806August 14, 1806 -  Charbonneau, Sacagawea, and Jean Baptist leave the Lewis and Clark expedition and make their home at the Mandan village 
     
  1806September 23, 1806 - The Lewis and Clark expedition reach St. Louis, ending their journey after two years, four months, and ten days 
     
  1806Lewis and Clark were treated like National heroes 
     
  18071807, Jefferson appoints Lewis as governor of the Louisiana Territory and he settled in St. Louis 
     
  1808William Clark married Julia Hancock on January 5, 1808, at Fincastle, Virginia, and they had five children 
     
  1809Meriwether Lewis Died on October 11, 1809 aged 35 - his death is a mystery some say suicide, others say it was murder 
     
  1808William 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 
     
  18201820 - After Julia's death William Clark married his first wife's first cousin, Harriet Kennerly Radford. They had three children 
     
  1808September 1, 1838 - William Clark died in St Louis. He was buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery 
     
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