Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Due to a special event, Wednesday, April 25, the regular Capitol Tour will not be available until 12:30 p.m. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open throughout the day. And in the morning, tours of the Capitol Visitor Center will be available.

Exploring the Continent - 1

Appropriations from Congress funded the exploration of the West. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson ordered Captain Meriwether Lewis to organize a Corps of Discovery and persuaded Congress to fund this expedition charged with finding a water route to the Pacific Ocean and developing trade with the native tribes. After the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from France later in 1803, the Corp’s mission was also to chart and report on this newly acquired land that doubled the size of our young nation.