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Exploring the Continent - 2

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List of Supplies and Indian...
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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