Captain Clark Expedition Report

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January 2, 1804 - I have been asked by my good friend Patrick Gass, a carpenter, to join a team who've been commissioned by President Jefferson to discover the northwest passage and the west. It didn't take me long to say yes. January 21, 1804 - I met the captains of this expedition, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, along with many of the crew. They seem to be a lively and good bunch of characters. I think I will be in good company. We have been outfitting the keel boat for the journey. May 14, 1804 - We have finally set off, leaving our encampment in Illinois. I felt a great sense of pride as we crossed the Mississippi and embarked up the Missouri river. May 16, 1804 - The current is very strong. Drifting logs are not very…show more content…
The captains deliberated greatly on which way to go. The wrong choice could be deadly for the entire expedition. Captain Lewis ascended the northern way and decided it was not the correct path. This became known as Maria's River. Captain Clark went south and decided it was indeed the correct path. We cached supplies and weapons here. June 18, 1805 – We found the falls, and it was a glorious sight. We found that it was the first of many cascades. June 25, 1805 – The journey is becoming very hard. We take frequent breaks, but no one is complaining. Captain Lewis brought out a boat frame that we attempted to build using elk and buffalo hide. It failed. We made dugout canoes from logs. July 25, - 1805 – Discovered three forks, and proceeded on the Jefferson. This is a wild and mountainous country. We need to find horses, and game is getting scarce. August 3, 1805 – The hunters are increasingly finding less and less. We have had many hungry days. August 12, 1805 - Sacagawea claims we are close to her old home where we might trade goods for the horses we…show more content…
He found a valley and a camp of Nez Perce Indians who gave him food. His stomach revolted due to the previous lack of food and he fell ill. September 22, 1805 – We arrived at the Nez Perce villages and all fell ill from the food we ate. Our stomachs cannot adjust well thanks to living on such a meager diet for so long. September 26, 1805 – We began canoe making. We have used up a lot of our goods for barter on trading with the natives for food. We must be desperate. Some of us bought dogs from them to eat. I was personally not happy about this and the natives even ridiculed us and gave us the name “dog eaters.” We left our horses behind, trusting the Nez Perce would have them for us when we return at some point. October 16, 1805 – We entered the Columbia. Rapids and cascades presented some challenges to get through. Whirlpools are a particular problem. I had some of the dog meat... it wasn't half bad actually but I felt truly awful about having it. Indian villages are all along the banks. These natives are of a low order, filthy even. They seem to have no moral compass whatsoever in comparison to the friendly tribes we've spent so much time
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