Friday, November 16, 2012

Today is...the Anniversary of Lewis and Clark reaching the Pacific

Today in 1805, the Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery reached the Pacific Ocean.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition was the first transcontinental expedition to the Pacific coast undertaken in the US.

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were both veterans of the American Indian Wars.

Clark served under Major General "Mad" Anthony Wayne, who Fort Wayne, Indiana is named after.

When in the US Army, Clark was a commanding officer of Lewis.

President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery and named Lewis as the leader, who chose Clark as his partner.

Sacagawea, a 15 or 16 year old Shoshone woman, aided the Corps of Discovery, acting as interpreter and guide.

Sacagawea's son (with her husband/owner Toussaint Charbonneau), Jean Baptitste Charbonneau was born during the expedition. After the expedition, he lived with Clark in St. Louis where he attended St. Louis academy, paid for by Clark.

Clark, due to not having any formal education, had issues with grammar and spelling in his journals, which he had corrected prior to their publication. He spelled "Sioux" 27 different ways.

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