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Meriwether Lewis and William Clark : 

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark Explorers of the Louisiana Purchase Brian Gallivan Period 3

Meriwether Lewis : 

Meriwether Lewis Born August 18, 1774, near Charlottesville, VA. He was well educated and his family was very prestigious and sophisticated. Lewis was very shy as a boy. In 1794, Lewis joined the militia and was under the command of command of Lieutenant William Clark. After the Expedition, Lewis was appointed Governor of the Louisiana Territory. Lewis died tragically on October 11, 1809 at age 35. His grave lies within Natchez Trace National Parkway, near Hohenwald, Tennessee.

William Clark : 

William Clark Clark, also a native Virginian, was born August 1, 1770. As a boy, Clark was very talkative, sociable, and outgoing. He was not as well educated as Lewis, but was still very intelligent. He was able to join the militia and move up the ranks to be a commanding officer. After the expedition, Clark was promoted to Brigadier General. He was also appointed to the Superintendence of Indian Affairs. Clark lived put the rest of his life in St. Louis. He died on September 1, 1838. He is buried in the Clark family plot.

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On March 6, 1801, Lewis received a letter from President Thomas Jefferson. He had offered Lewis a position as his secretary-aide. Lewis eagerly accepted the position. On February 28. 1803, Congress allowed funds for the exploration of the recently purchased Louisiana Territory. Lewis had worked closely with Jefferson on preparations for the expedition. He was commissioned its leader. While Lewis was preparing, he decided that he would like to have a co-commanding officer for the expedition. With Jefferson's agreement, Lewis offered the position to William Clark. The Expedition

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Lewis and Clark were helped on the expedition by a woman named Sacagawea. She was an Native American woman who was married to a French fur trader. She was able to serve as a guide for Lewis and Clark, as well as a translator between them and the other Native Americans. Lewis and Clark were able to reach the Pacific Ocean in 1805 with the help of Sacagawea. Despite many hardships along the expedition, Lewis and Clark were able to remain friends. During the journey, there is no evidence of a serious argument between them.

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Works Cited Fetzer, Scott. "The World Book Encyclopedia." Vol. 12. World Book inc., 1993. Print.

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