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September 01, 1803: The Lewis and Clark Expedition set down the Ohio River

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In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked Congress to appropriate funds for an exploration of the part of the continent bordering on the Missouri and Columbia rivers. Jefferson chose Meriwether Lewis, an experienced army officer and frontiersman, to head the expedition. Captain Lewis then chose William Clark, a fellow frontier officer, to join him.

Lewis proceeded first to the U.S. Army’s arsenal at Harpers Ferry, where he acq...

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