Lewis and Clark`s Expedition
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Lewisand Clark’s Expedition
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were the ones that explored theLouisiana region to determine how productive it was. In this case,they looked at the occupants of the region, who were the Indians andidentify how they can establish the trade relations. They alsoprepared a report on the animal and plant species in the region tounderstand how they can improve the appearance of the region. Theclimate was also a crucial aspect that could have to determinewhether the place will support the agricultural activities. Theexpedition provided more information that paved the way for furtraders and missionaries to reach the remote areas. The two alsoinfluenced the overland immigration as well as the Northwest Passagethat exposed America to the outside world where they were able totrade with the outside world. In the process, the nation was able toextend its sovereignty and ensured that the civilians were able toexploit the fertility and the agriculturally viable climate toproduce more food for its people. This essay shows that the Lewis andClark’s expedition was supposed to facilitate the purchase ofLouisiana, initiate trade relations with the native Indians andidentify the different the species and determine whether the regionwas viable for the agricultural activities.
Thomas Jefferson planned the expedition so that his team could surveythe land and facilitate the purchase of Louisiana. In this case, thepresident wanted to expand the nation towards the western part toensure that they had enough space. In particular, getting into theregion could have been an instrumental part of enhancing the economicactivities of the government (Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis,June 20, 1803). Hence, the expedition was a way of surveying the areaand determining whether it was worth the price that the French hadpresented. At that time, Louisiana was under the French and Jeffersonhad to consult them before he could get a chance to purchase it. Afew individuals were quite familiar with the region, and sending theteam was a perfect way of understanding the landscape. Jeffersonwanted to tap more resources that the nation will use in boostingtheir economy in the long-run (Turner 25). In fact, the land was morelikely to extend the nation from the Rocky Mountains to the AtlanticOcean as well. In the process, they knew that they will get a widerange of resources and space that will expose them to the outsideworld. Tracing the source of the Missouri River and determining howit will be productive. It was considered as an important symbol ofthe American region and that urged them to acquire the land.Evaluating the area and ascertaining its essence will be critical inensuring that they succeed. Purchasing the land also meant that hehad acquired a route to the west since he had the immediate land thatwas in contact with the Pacific Ocean (Letter to James Madison,Secretary of State, announcing that Louisiana was purchased fromFrance, 1803). The expedition also established a legal presence andthat prevented the British from claiming that they had reached thenew land early enough.
The expedition also provided an opportunity for the White people tointeract with the Indian tribes and initiate trade activities. Theevent provided a chance to nurture good connections with the nativeIndians and undertake a proper linguistic study to understand them(Johnson 768). In fact, Lewis and Clark often engaged in discussionswith the councils that ruled the Indian tribes. They discussedvarious issues including their intention in visiting the place aswell as some of the goods that they can exchange with them. Thediplomatic relations established were also critical in creating thetrading rights that the groups might have wanted in the long-run.After the Louisiana Purchase, they were also supposed to outline thenew sovereignty and how they will relate to various aspects (Johnson765). At that time, the US government was tired of trading with theSpanish, French, and British that were more likely to turn againstthem. The Indians were also in need of immediate exchange and getenough merchandise to be used for the long-term ventures as well. Insome cases, the Indian tribes were known to be violent and they willattack any foreigners that tried to enter into their lands withforce. Hence, Jefferson knew that any violent confrontations will bedestructive and undermine his efforts at establishing friendlyrelations with the natives. Sending Lewis and Clark was the wisestidea since they will find a way of talking about the guidelines thatwill govern their interactions (Johnson 766). The trade activitiesand the sovereignty are just some of the issues that were discussedbecause they were supposed to provide a way in which they can engagein a friendly manner and ensure that everything works per theagreement. In detail, the expedition was an important part of theAmerican history because it showed how they are supposed to relate totheir neighbors peacefully.
The campaign also provided an opportunity to analyze the plants,geography as well as the animal life and determine whether it isviable for the agricultural purposes. Studying the ecology was alsomore appropriate in deciding whether the place will be appropriatefor the human settlement. For instance, they were supposed to look atthe type of soil and determine whether it is suitable for the farmingactivities (Snow 683). The climate was also an appropriate issuesince it is instrumental in initiating agriculture that will supportthe livelihood of the Americans that will settle in the area. Theyalso looked at any mineral deposits in the region and determinewhether it will assist the governments in introducing other economicactivities such as mining and the processing. Clearly, the expeditionwas a team of scholars and professionals that analyzed the area toidentify how the region will be productive in the long-run (Snow674). They focused on the biological sciences and ascertain how theplant and the animal species will favor the residents. In particular,even the habitats were evaluated to ensure that nothing can interferewith the survival of the plants and the animals too. Lewis and Clarkwere the first scholars that had discussed the various species indetail because they wanted to provide a detailed report for PresidentJefferson (Deur 5). His approval could have ensured that theypurchase the piece of land, and that is why the two had to prepare aproper presentation. It is an American story that talks about variousissues that reveal their rich heritage. For instance, it provides anopportunity where the Americans can understand the essence oftogetherness because the Blacks, Whites, and Indians were all unitedin achieving the same goals.
In conclusion, the expedition is a critical part of the American’shistory because it exposed Louisiana to the outside world andfacilitated the fur trade, interaction of the Indian tribes. Moreimportant, the two explorers provided a detailed report that analyzedthe animal and plant species to determine that the region was safefor the human survival. In this case, they identified the region as asuitable area where they can engage in the agricultural activities toproduce a considerable amount of crops to feed its population. Thepresence of mineral deposits also showed that they will benefit fromthe area. The interaction with the Indians was also influential sinceit helped Lewis and Clark in introducing the natives to thesovereignty and how they will relate with the migrants that will takeup more space. It also intensified the fur trade because the Indianswere also in need of the merchandise that the White people possessed.The information provided also exposed the region to the traders andthe missionaries that interacted with the natives in a bid toinfluence their ideologies and beliefs. In this case, the area alsoexposed America to the outside world and increased the activitieswith the other nations.
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“Letter to James Madison, Secretary of State, announcing thatLouisiana was purchased from France, 1803.” National Archives.https://www.archives.gov/files/images/madison-letter.gif.Accessed 12 April 2017.
Johnson, W. Carter, et al. "The dammed Missouri: prospects forrecovering Lewis and Clark`s River." Ecohydrology 8.5(2015): 765-771.
Snow, Spencer. "Maps and myths: consuming Lewis and Clark in theEarly Republic." Early American Literature 48.3 (2013):671-708.
“Thomas Jefferson to Meriwether Lewis, June 20, 1803.” Libraryof Congress.https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/lewisandclark/images/ree0057p2.jpg.Accessed 12 April 2017.
Turner, Erin H. It Happened on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.
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