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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.

1 Image List of Supplies and Indian Presents for Lewis and Clark Expedition,... View All Images
1 Image Letter from Meriwether Lewis to Thomas Jefferson, July 8, 1803 View All Images
2 Images History of the Expedition Under the Command of Captains Lewis and... View All Images