Lewis and Clark for Kids and Teachers, Western Expansion Illustration

Lewis and Clark

After the land purchased from Napoleon doubled the size of the United States, President Jefferson talked Congress into funding exploration of this new land, now called the Federal Territory of Louisiana. In 1805, Lewis, Clark, and a small group of men composed of U.S. Army volunteers headed west of the Mississippi. These volunteers were nicknamed the Corps of Discovery. No one had any idea of what to expect or what dangers these men might face. It was quite an adventure. Find out what Lewis and Clark brought with them, where they went, and what they discovered.