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    Lewis and Clark depart to explore the Northwest

    On May 14, 1804 The Corps of Discovery sets out to explore the new American North West.

    Lewis and Clark depart to explore the Northwest

    One year after the United States doubled its territory with the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition leaves St. Louis, Missouri, on a mission to explore the Northwest from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean.


    Even before the U.S. government concluded purchase negotiations with France, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned his private secretary Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, an army captain, to lead an expedition into what is now the U.S. Northwest. On May 14, the “Corps of Discovery”—featuring approximately 45 men (although only an approximate 33 men would make the full journey)—left St. Louis for the American interior.

    The expedition traveled up the Missouri River in a 55-foot long keelboat and two smaller boats. In November, Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trader accompanied by his young Native American wife Sacagawea, joined the expedition as an interpreter. The group wintered in present-day North Dakota before crossing into present-day Montana, where they first saw the Rocky Mountains. On the other side of the Continental Divide, they were met by Sacagawea’s tribe, the Shoshone Indians, who sold them horses for their journey down through the Bitterroot Mountains. After passing through the dangerous rapids of the Clearwater and Snake rivers in canoes, the explorers reached the calm of the Columbia River, which led them to the sea. On November 8, 1805, the expedition arrived at the Pacific Ocean. After pausing there for the winter, the explorers began their long journey back to St. Louis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    On May 14, 1804 The Corps of Discovery sets out to explore the new American North West.

    Lewis and Clark depart to explore the Northwest
    These guys do the best breakdown of the Lewis and Clark expedition I've ever heard. in fact, they do really good historical breakdowns in general.
    https://university-of-badassery.mysh...on-lewis-clark

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    I find it odd that Spanish had not tried to permanently colonize the Northwest to make solid claim to the area, before the Americans got there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolina73 View Post
    I find it odd that Spanish had not tried to permanently colonize the Northwest to make solid claim to the area, before the Americans got there.
    They decided to focus on parts of California and Mexico.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolina73 View Post
    I find it odd that Spanish had not tried to permanently colonize the Northwest to make solid claim to the area, before the Americans got there.
    They did. They had a claim on the region until around 1820 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1469 View Post
    They decided to focus on parts of California and Mexico.
    Yeah, the northwest was far removed from the major population centers and Spain wasn't unhappy to get rid of some of these peripheral territories. They weren't worth the burden of defending or developing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister D View Post
    Yeah, the northwest was far removed from the major population centers and Spain wasn't unhappy to get rid of some of these peripheral territories. They weren't worth the burden of defending or developing.
    They were also scared schittless of Bigfoot

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