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The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1803 to explore the northwest territory in order to observe a transcontinental route and natural resources. In 1804, about 45 men headed by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark moved up the Missouri River, crossed the Rocky Mountains, and from the Columbia River, reached the Pacific Ocean by November 1805. They returned to St. Louis by September 1806 with great fanfare and important information on native people, plants and animals, and geography.



Some recent visitors complained that the tour guides at Monticello had a politicized, leftist monologue, akin to indoctrination. A number or persons on the tour walked out on the tour. This article claims the NPS promotes a distorted, partisan view on the tour. However,I do not find this on the web site.
Can any one comment on recent tour experiences? Where is this coming from?
It seems the tour guides do not really appreciate Jefferson's contributions.


I love learning about this expedition--how exciting, trapsing into the unknown. I was amazed when I found out that Sacagawea was pregnant, gave birth to, and continued trekking on with her infant son! Huzzah!


Generations of colonists before Jefferson had moved west incrementally, expanding to new land as the earlier settled land became crowded or worn out in terms of agriculture. When settlement reached the Blue Ridge, there was a little pause. Jefferson represents a change from that early expansion to a very differnt kind of westward settlement. Jefferson himself moved only a short hop west from his birthplace at Shadwell, building on Monticello, a mile or two westward on the same tract of land. However, what he did for the nation was immense, focusing the next hundred years or more on westward expansion on a much greater scale.


I remember being a part of a fourth grade musical about Lewis and Clark. Now I live only a couple of miles from Meriweather Lewis' birthplace and I am more interested than ever in learning more about the stories of these adventurers and what lead them to do what must have seemed impossible.

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