Early Explorers

"Your proposition respecting a tour to the west and North west of the Continent would be Extremely agreable to me ..."

George Rogers Clark, 1784

Lewis & Clark

"...of courage undaunted, possessing a firmness & perseverance of purpose which nothing but impossibilities could divert from it’s direction..."

Thomas Jefferson, 1813

Pike, Dunbar & Hunter, Freeman & Custis

Not only Lewis & Clark, but Zebulon Pike, Dunbar & Hunter, and Freeman & Custis all explored the Louisiana Territory for Jefferson.

More Exploration Resources

Available from The Shop at Monticello

The Louisiana Purchase

This volume written by James E. Lewis, Jr. offers a thoughtful understanding of a complex moment in American history.

Jefferson's West: A Journey With Lewis & Clark

Historian James P. Ronda retells this compelling part of the American story by contrasting Thomas Jefferson expectations for the expedition with what Clark and Lewis actually experienced.

Garden Shop

Monticello’s Shop has a wide variety of flower, fruit, and vegetable seed varieties linked to exploration, including the Lewis & Clark expedition, ready to ship to your home.