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History’s First Expedition To Cross The Western United States Made By Captain Meriwether Lewis And Second Lieutenant William Clark From May 1804 To September 1806 For President Thomas Jefferson After The 1803 Louisiana Purchase, Ably Aided By The Shoshone Indian Princess Sacagawea (alt. Sakakawea, Sacajawea), Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1992, 46 Minutes.) #LewisAndClark #LewisAndClarkExpedition #CorpsOfDiscovery #LouisianaPurchase #ThomasJefferson #AmericanExplorers #Sacagawea #Sakakawea #Sacajawea #CorpsOfDiscoveryExpedition #MeriwetherLewis #WilliamClark #LouisianaTerritory #PacificOcean #ContinentalDivide #AmericanHistory #USHistory #HistoryOfTheUS #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
The Lewis and Clark Expedition from May 1804 to September 1806, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. It began near St. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the continental divide to reach the Pacific coast. The Corps of Discovery comprised a selected group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark. The Louisiana Purchase was the acquisition of the Louisiana territory (828,000 square miles) by the United States from France in 1803. The U.S. paid 50M francs and a cancellation of debts worth 18M francs for a total of 68M francs (15M USD, equivalent to 300M USD in 2016). The Louisiana Purchase territory contained land that forms Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska; the portion of Minnesota west of the Mississippi River; a large portion of North Dakota; a large portion of South Dakota; the northeastern section of New Mexico; the northern portion of Texas; the area of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado east of the Continental Divide; and Louisiana west of the Mississippi River (plus New Orleans). Its non-native population was around 60,000 inhabitants, of whom half were African slaves. The Corps of Discovery was a specially-established unit of the United States Army created from a select group of volunteers which formed the nucleus of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, the Corps' objectives were both scientific and commercial: to study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and to learn how the Louisiana Purchase could be exploited economically.