Lewis and Clark's main accomplishments were mapping out a large portion of North America, establishing trade with Native Americans and contributing to the biological knowledge of the country, specifically the Pacific Northwest. However, they also definitively proved that a Northwest Passage did not exist.Continue Reading
Though Lewis and Clark opened the way for trade with Native Americans, they also paved the way for the changes to their way of life that followed, according to Nebraska Studies.
The Northwest Passage was a hoped-for waterway from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean to connect trade routes. Although Lewis and Clark established that such a route did not exist, they also made it clear that the area could be traveled by land.Learn more about US History
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark met each other in 1794, when Clark was Lewis' commanding officer in the Army. After Lewis was given leadership of the western expedition on February 28, 1803, he offered Clark the position of co-commander. Together, they explored the Louisiana Territory for more than two years, starting in present-day Missouri and ending at the Pacific Northwest coast.Full Answer >
The Lewis and Clark expedition subsisted primarily on animals hunted during the journey, including deer, elk, bison, antelope, sheep, bear, beaver and otter. The expedition also consumed a variety of fowl, including geese, grouse and turkey. Along the way, they also purchased a number of dogs from Indian tribes that were used as food and subsisted off fish and other miscellaneous wildlife and scavenged vegetables.Full Answer >
Lewis and Clark crossed the Bitterroot Mountain Range, a northern segment of the Rocky Mountains. Though the peaks of the Bitterroots average 9,000 to more than 11,000 feet, they found a westward route over the mountains through Lolo Pass, which is at an elevation of 5,236 feet.Full Answer >
Lewis and Clark crossed the Continental Divide through the Lemhi Pass that is located in modern day Montana and near the Sacajawea Memorial Camp that is set up in the state. The group made the crossing here in 1805 and continued by both canoe and foot until they reached the west coast.Full Answer >