Hardships Of The Lewis And Clark Expedition

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Daviaire Stewart Lac Research paper Lewis and Clark Expedition April 12, 2014 Hardships of the Lewis and Clark Expedition History tells the story but we don’t hear what’s behind the story and what shaped this event in history that we hear of today. The Lewis and Clark expedition was a journey commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson a little after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The expedition was under command by Captain Lewis and Lieutenant Clark. The expedition was to cover what is now the western part of the United States. There was more than just Lewis and Clark on the boat during this journey of discovery. Lewis and Clark were accompanied by their extensive crew during their journey. Everything did not go as smooth as history…show more content…
Falling from high bluffs and horses, from illnesses, flash floods, river drowning, boat spills, sudden storms, or wild animals like snakes, wolfs, buffalos, grizzly bears which were all numerous close calls occurred during the journey. One corps member did die on the westward leg of the trip, apparently of appendicitis. Weather and terrain caused many hardships for the party. Clark along with his slave and the hired interpreter and his wife, Sacagawea, and their baby boy narrowly escaped a flash flood. They had sought storm shelter under overhanging rocks, but encountered a fast-rising flood instead. They endured sudden thunderstorms, extreme heat, bitter cold, raging blizzards, hail, and dust clouds. Imagine how frightening the Rocky Mountains must have appeared, with mountain peaks as far as the eye could see, rather than the narrow range, similar to the Appalachians, that they expected. They traveled through extremely cold, snowy, and wet conditions with little food to be found. Added to that they experienced many climate changes as they traveled from place to place such as heavy rains, high winds, heat, sun, thunder storms, hail, lightning, flash floods, river snags, weather-induced boat spills, freezing rain, ice , sleet, snow. “They did experience many types of illnesses and sicknesses the members encountered boils, head colds, toothaches, malaria, frostbite, snow blindness, sexually…show more content…
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