The Lewis and Clark expedition was the first overland exploration to the Pacific coast and back conducted by the United States. The crew was lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Also accompanied by Toussaint Charbonneau and Sacajawea. The main goal of the crew was to accurately gain an idea of the resources exchanged in the Louisiana Purchase. The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 created interest in expanding America to the West Coast. Neither France or America knew how much land they had just dealt with and shortly after, a few weeks later. President Thomas Jefferson had Congress collect $2,500 for an expedition to the West Coast. Thomas Jefferson begins writing letters to Meriwether Lewis an Army Captain, containing the main goals Jefferson laid out for the expedition. These goals consist of exploring the Missouri River and course of stream with the Pacific Ocean. Look for what offers the most direct and practicable water way across the continent. In addition he requested the expedition was to learn more about natural resources, inhabitants and places for possibly settlement in the Northwest. As well President Thomas Jefferson requested that the expedition evaluate the potential interference with French Canadian and British trappers and hunters who already settled in the area.
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