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Beyond Lewis and Clark - Lewis

The Army Explores The West

Meriwether Lewis.  Image courtesy of Independence National 
Historical Park.Captain Meriwether Lewis (1774-1809)

Meriwether Lewis, with co-captain William Clark, led an 8,000-mile expedition to the West coast and back from 1804 to 1806. Known as the "Corps of Discovery," the expedition's mission was to find a water passage to the Pacific Ocean. The explorers discovered 178 new plants and 122 species and subspecies of animals. Their journals and maps opened the door for America's westward expansion.


Corps of Discovery route, 1804-1806.


Beyond Lewis and Clark is an online exhibit developed by the Kansas Museum of History. It is the result of a partnership between the Kansas Historical Society, the Virginia and Washington State historical societies, the U. S. Army's Frontier Army Museum at Leavenworth, and the U. S. Army Center of Military History.

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