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Lewis and Clark: Journal Summaries

Summary: These pages summarize the journals written by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark  during their expedition to ensure that the land newly acquired under the Louisiana Purchase came under the control of the United States before either Britain, or any of the other European countries, made claims to it. The expedition would require trading with Indian tribes, as well as exploring and mapping the territory while finding a water route to the Pacific.

Lewis and Clark - Lewis and Clark Journal Summaries
12.12.1803  08.01.1804 The expedition members train, and prepare, before setting off on their journey. Journal Summary 1


08.02.1804  08.29.1804 The Corps of Discovery encounter Indians, for the first time, and suffer a fatality. Journal Summary 2


08.30.1804  09.30.1804 Problems with the Teton Sioux. Journal Summary 3


10.01.1804  01.14.1805 Fort Mandan is built and Sacagawea arrives with her husband, who is hired as an interpreter.  Journal Summary 4


01.15.1805  06.01.1805 A birth, a Grizzly encounter and the first sighting of the Rockies. Journal Summary 5
06.02.1805  06.15.1805 A fork in the river and the expedition’s first cache. Journal Summary 6
06.16.1805  08.12.1805 Around the falls and into Shoshone territory. Journal Summary 7
08.13.1805  08.29.1805 Meeting and trading with Sacagawea’s nation, the Shoshone. Journal Summary 8
08.30.1805  10.06.1805 The horses struggle and a change of diet leads to illness. Journal Summary 9
10.07.1805  11.09.1805 Approaching the Pacific Ocean. Journal Summary 10
11.10.1805  12.07.1805 Struggling to keep anything dry, the Corps of Discovery sought a location for their winter camp. Journal Summary 11
12.08.1805  01.10.1806 Fort Clatsop is built and a small party search for a whale. Journal Summary 12
01.11.1806  03.22.1806 Winter in Fort Clatsop and preparation for the return journey. Journal Summary 13
03.23.1806  04.18.1806 The return journey began with strong currents and problems with some Indians. Journal Summary 14
04.19.1806  05.01.1806 The expedition switches from canoes to horseback and meets the Walla Walla Indians. Journal Summary 15
05.02.1806  05.30.1806 Heading towards the Bitterroot Mountains and notable generosity from some Indians. Journal Summary 16
05.31.1806  06.22.1806 An unsuccessful attempt to cross the Bitterroot Mountains. Journal Summary 17
06.23.1806  07.02.1806 Into the mountains and a decision to divide the Corps of Discovery. Journal Summary 18
07.03.1806  07.17.1806 The expedition divides and explores different routes. Journal Summary 19
07.18.1806  07.27.1806 Clark loses several horses and Lewis encounters the Blackfeet Indians. Journal Summary 20
07.28.1806  08.13.1806 Lewis is shot and the Corps of Discovery reunites. Journal Summary 21
08.14.1806  08.31.1806 Lewis and Clark arrive back at the Mandan villages and face the Teton Sioux again. Journal Summary 22
09.01.1806  09.23.1806 The Lewis and Clark Expedition concludes. Journal Summary 23
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