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Meriwether Lewis

Who was he?
Meriwether Lewis, born in Albemarie County, Virginia, was an American explorer, soldier, and public administrator (served as secretary for the president). Lewis served in the military, later on becoming a captain. After leaving the service in 1801, he then served as a public administrator for President Jefferson, where he was appointed/considered to be an aide to the President. He is best known as a leader of the "Lewis and Clark Expedition", also called the Corps of Discovery.

What did he do?
Meriwether Lewis is best known for his voyage from the Mississippi River to the West Coast and back, where he traveled with William Clark. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, Jefferson (President at the time), wanted to get a sense of the new land and its resources. The President hoped to find a clear water path across the continent, because he wanted to trade with Asia. So he sent Lewis and Clark to make the trip for him. It took Lewis and Clark 2 years to make the full trip!

When did he do it?
1803 is when he started his journey, and they came back in 1805.
Why did he do it?
He traveled his journey across the Pacific because President Jefferson wanted to know what the United States' land had to offer, he also wanted to take over the land by the Missouri river, (even though the Indians had already had it first). Not to mention to find a clear path on the water so he could easily trade with Asia.
Where did he go/where was he from?
Meriwether Lewis was from Albemarie County, Virginia.
He traveled across the Pacific to the United States of America.




Sources:

http://www.pbs.org/lewisandclark/inside/mlewi.html
http://www2.vcdh.virginia.edu/lewisandclark/biddle/biographies_html/lewis.html