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List of Supplies and Indian Presents for Lewis and Clark Expedition, ca. June 1803

Meriwether Lewis, after close consultation with President Jefferson, requisitioned the supplies needed for the expedition from the War Department. Along with food, clothing, arms, ammunition, medicine and other equipment, Lewis requested gifts for the Indian nations the explorers would encounter. Jefferson hoped these gifts, given in friendship ceremonies, would help establish peaceful relations and stimulate trade.

Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, National Archives and Records Administration

List of Supplies and Indian Presents for Lewis and Clark Expedition, ca. June 1803

Exploring the Continent - 2

Appropriations from Congress funded exploration of the West. At the urging of President Thomas Jefferson in 1803, Congress supported a “Corps of Discovery” led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. The expedition’s mission was to chart western territory acquired through the Louisiana Purchase, locate a water route to the Pacific Ocean and establish trade with native tribes.