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The First American Expedition

The First American Expedition

Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. It was commissioned by Thomas Jefferson after the Louisiana Purchase to explore the newly acquired territory.
Clip Length 03:15 Premiere: 5/1/17

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Funding provided by: General Motors Corporation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Public Broadcasting Service, William T. Kemper Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Travel Montana

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Lewis & Clark

About Lewis & Clark

The remarkable story of the entire Corps of Discovery – not just of the two Captains, but the young army men, French-Canadian boatmen, Clark’s African-American slave, and the Shoshone woman named Sacagawea, who brought along her infant son. As important to the story as these many characters, however, was the land itself, and the promises it held.

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