Knowing your American Heroes
Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
President Thomas Jefferson
An advocate of western expansion.
Wrote to Meriwether Lewis
An asked to form an expedition.
In eighteen-hundred and four.
Just two weeks after signing
Lewis was commissioned to explore.
Would be the first American
To the Pacific coast and back.
Congress would appropriate
Twenty-five hundred for the task.
The expedition would be called
The Corps of Discovery.
In a letter from the President
Dated June twenty, eighteen and three.
Lewis selected William Clark
Held the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Concealed this from the men
Referred as Captain by affirmant.
The object of the mission
To find a direct water way.
For the purposes of commerce
To report their route and survey.
They departed from Camp DuBois
On May fourteenth, eighteen and four.
A party of thirty-three men
Of unknown land they would explore.
On March two-three, eighteen and six
With great success they started home.
Made a major contribution
In mapping the land that they did roam.
TheU.S.gained extensive knowledge
Of major rivers and mountain ranges.
One hundred and twenty-two species of animals
For America brought many changes.
One hundred and seventy-eight plants
Described on their heroic journey.
The Lewis andClarkExpedition
Gained extensive knowledge of the geography.