Lewis & Clark Expedition Reaches Pacific Ocean (1805)

In 1804, at the request of Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out from St. Louis with their 33-member team to explore the American West. The Lewis and Clark Expedition, also known as the Corps of Discovery, neared the Pacific Ocean at the mouth of the Columbia River in the area of present-day Oregon on November 15, 1805. On November 16, Lewis wrote in his journal:

The morning was beautiful and clear; camp was in full view of the ocean: ” We are now of the opinion that we cannot go any further with our canoes & think we are at an end of our voyage to the Pacific Ocean.”

For more information about the Lewis and Clark Expedition, including lots of links to educational resources, see: http://www.famoushomeschoolers.net/bio_lewisclark.html

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