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Lewis and Clark is presented in “Ocean in View! Oh! The Joy!
support of the following Virginia We behold with astonishment the high
Standards of Learning in English:
2.3, 2.8, 3.1, 3.6, 4.4, 4.5, 5.5, 5.6,
waves dashing against the rocks and
6.4, 6.5, 7.5, 7.6, 8.6; and in Social this immense ocean.”
Studies: 2.2, 2.4, 2.5, 2.8, 3.6, USI.1, - William Clark
USI.2, USI.8, USII.1, USII.2.
Activities in this guide support curriculum in grades 2-8.
Think About it...
Meriwether Lewis William Clark
was born in Albemarle County, the red-haired co-captain of the
Lewis and Clark were not alone Virginia, on August 18, 1774. Corps of Discovery, was born
Lewis joined the U.S. Army in on August 1, 1770. During
on their journey across the new 1794, and rose to the rank of Clark’s tenure with the U.S.
territory. Learn about the mem- Captain by 1800. In early Army, he “learned how to build
1801, President Jefferson forts, draw maps, lead pack
bers of the Corps of Discovery
appointed Lewis his personal trains through enemy country,
by logging on to secretary. Lewis planned the and fight the Indians on their
www.pbs.org/lewisand expedition to explore the West, ground.” Physically, Clark was
which was approved by prepared for the trek. He was
clark/inside/index.html. Congress in early 1803. He over six feet tall and had a
was in superb physical condi- strong and muscular frame.
tion, and given his military Additionally, he was able to
experience, he was flexible, elicit valuable information from
loyal, and disciplined. He was a native tribes during the expedi-
Who do you think played the talented writer with a knack for tion, which he recorded in his
most important role in the writing detailed accounts of his journal.
success of the journey?
The Louisiana Territo
“Let the land rejoice, for
The Louisiana Purchase - General Horatio Ga
In 1803, Thomas Jefferson feared that
France might interfere with trade in the
port of New Orleans. So, he sent James
Monroe and Robert Livingston to France
to discuss the possibility of purchasing
the port of New Orleans. Much to the
Americans’ surprise, French leader
Napolean Bonaparte offered the entire
Louisiana Territory to the United States.
The envoy lacked Constitutional authority
to purchase the entire territory, but as they
could not very well return to the U.S. to
discuss the matter, the American representa-
tives agreed. The expansive territory
extended from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico
and from the Mississippi River to the Rocky
Mountains. The lot was sold for a total of
nearly fifteen million dollars, which was what
Monroe and Livingston were prepared to pay
1. Map the rivers,
for the port of New Orleans! It was an
2. Befriend the natives,
extraordinary bargain at four cents an acre.
3. Open the West to trade, and
4. Look for a Northwest Passage (to the sea)
President Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and
Clark, as well as the rest of the Corps of Research this...
Discovery, West to explore the territory bought
from France under the Louisiana Purchase. What present-day states were part of the
ry: A Bargain Questions
Use the map and other Social
Studies resources to answer the
you have bought Louisiana for a song.” following questions.
ates to President Thomas Jefferson, July 18th, 1803
1. What types of landforms did
the Lewis and Clark Expedition
2. Find St. Louis. In 1804, it
was a frontier outpost. How
would you describe the area
3. What mountain range(s) lie
between St. Louis and the
4. Name the states that border
the Pacific Ocean.
5. What were some dangers
that the Corps of Discovery
encountered along the journey
Take it one
Challenge Activity Go to www.nationalgeo-
Use the map to locate the states that were formed from the “Go West Across America with
Louisiana Purchase. Then, use a dictionary to define the
Lewis and Clark.” Trace the
route they traveled on a map of
boundary territory expedition the United States.
coastline frontier continent
If you liked the play Lewis and
Clark, you may want to check out
the following books at your local
We can fly the distance Lewis and Clark cove
library: red in
a few hours, but it took them 18 months to
cross by foot,
canoe, boat, and barge.
Bold Journey West with Lewis and
Clark by Charles H Bohner • Plentiful buffalo meant food and furs for the
expedition. One favorite Plains Indian hunti
Dog of Discovery: A involved chasing them off the top of a cliff and
Newfoundland's Adventures With their carcasses at the bottom.
Lewis and Clark
• York, a black servant who was a member of
by Laurence Pringle the Corps of
Discovery, performed feats of strength for the
exchange for food.
Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the
American West • Chief Twisted Hair of the Nez Percé tribe map
by Steven Kroll rivers to the Pacific on an elk skin for Lewis
The Story of Sacajawea, Guide to • The Louisiana Purchase more than doubled
of the United States.
Lewis and Clark by Della Rowland
• Many believed in an idea that came to be know
Manifest Destiny: that it was our nation’s desti
Log On! to reach from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocea
Louisiana Purchase, in part, made this a reali
The Lewis and Clark Center, locat-
ed in St. Louis: www.lewisand
Did you know we just celebrated
the bicentennial of the Lewis and Journal Activity
Clark Expedition? Find out more at
www.lewisandclark200.org What would have happened if we had not purchased the
Louisiana Territory from France? How would our country be
different today geographically, culturally, and economically?
+– Math Challenge
Extend the Experience
The Louisiana Purchase price was
Did you know that there is a gold one dollar coin with
$15,000,000. That was $.04 an
Sacagawea on it? Do an online puzzle and take a look
acre. How many acres was the ter-
at www.usmint .gov/kids/index.cfm?
Filecontents=/kids/games/index.cfm. Click on
Golden Dollar Puzzle.