Go west with the expedition. Just click the campfires to kindle seens of visionary inchantment.
This is what Thomas Jefferson expected to find west of the Mississippi River.
He also expected to find the fabled Northwest Passage, an Atlantic-to-Pacific water route that would ease trade with the Orient and make the United States a superpower before its time. Butas always with Jeffersonthere was more: At a time when two-thirds of all Americans lived within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Atlantic, the President dared to imagine a coast-to-coast Empire of Liberty. In fact, he planned on it.
In 1803 Jefferson commissioned a Corps of Volunteers on an Expedition of North Western Discovery to find the passage and explore the uncharted West, including the Louisiana Purchase, by which he had recently doubled the size of the U.S. Led by Jeffersons secretary and protégé, Meriwether Lewis, and Lewiss former commanding officer in the Army, William Clark, the Corps of Discovery would dispel many myths of the Westand create a new legend in the process.
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GEOGRAPHIC veteran Sam Abell from the book Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery
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