Lewis and Clark
Journal Summary 10: Dates October 7, 1805 - November 9,
is a summary of the journal entries made by Lewis and Clark.
Dates: October 7, 1805 - November 9, 1805
the Pacific Ocean
October 7, 1805
The canoes were loaded and the Corps of Discovery resumed
its journey on the Snake River. Over the next few days they
crossed several rapids and had to repair damage caused to
the canoes. They encountered many Indians on the way, and
traded with some of them. They bought some dogs for food,
to supplement the roots and dried fish.
William Clark wrote in his journal that Sacagawea reconciled
all the Indians to the expedition’s friendly intentions.
It was clear that the presence of a woman was seen as a
token of peace.
An Indian and an Indian Chief sketched a map showing the
merging of the Snake and Columbia Rivers for Lewis and Clark.
It also detailed the tribes living along the banks.
Lewis & Clark set out on their canoes, followed by Indians
on land and shore. Clark pushed on ahead and arrived at
another Indian settlement where the Indians were frightened
of him. As with a previous settlement, when Sacagawea arrived
they were relaxed and convinced of the expedition’s friendly
The party continued its journey along the river where they
encountered many sets of rapids which often resulted in
them having to get out of the canoes to drag them along.
Occasionally they had to carry the canoes and equipment
over the land until the river was accessible again. The
expedition still had to eat fish and dog as no other meat
One of the Indian Chiefs who was accompanying the expedition
informed Lewis & Clark that an Indian nation further along
intended to kill them. They checked all their weapons and
ammunition, and were convinced the information was true
when the Indians left them earlier than usual. A few days
later Lewis & Clark were visited by a Chief and his party
from that nation. They offered the opportunity to bring
about peace, which was quickly established.
Traveling further along the river they came across deer
and geese which gave them a much appreciated change of diet.
They also saw signs of bear and elk. At the end of October
Lewis and Clark entered some Indian settlements that had
items which must have come from ‘white people’.
William Clark, having scouted 10 miles ahead of the camp,
observed the first signs of tidal activity on the river.
Lewis and Clark passed some Indians, one of whom spoke some
English. He told them that they traded with a man called
Clark recorded that they were ‘in View of the Ocian’. He
noted the roaring noise made by the waves breaking on the
rocky shore. The following day the waves became so rough
that several of the expedition members became seasick. Consequently
they halted their journey and made camp. The camp was flooded
by the tide, however they were forced to remain where they
were as wind and rain hampered their progress.