Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the main heroes of The Lewis and Clark Expedition, which was also named the Corps of Discovery Expedition. The goal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was the crossing of the Northwestern part of the U.S.A. The expedition started in 1804 and ended in 1806, with the return to St. Louis.
Meriwether Lewis was born in Albemarle County, Virginia in 18th of August 1774. From a young age, his great love was natural history, something that played a major role in his life. In 1794 he joined the U.S. Army. From 1801, Meriwether Lewis was an aide of President Thomas Jefferson and due to his position he was appointed by the President as the leader of the expedition. After the great success of the expedition, Lewis was appointed as governor of the Louisiana Territory. His years as a governor have a mixed legacy due to Bates’ accusations, territorial secretary. He died on September 3, 1809 by murder or by suicide. Until today, the mystery of the circumstances of his death has yet not been solved.
William Clark was born in Caroline County, Virginia, on August 1, 1770. At the age of 19 he participated in the Northwest Indian War against American Indians where he kept a journal, a practice that he continued through his life. After seven years of war, he decided to retire due to poor health and returned to Louisville, where there was a family plantation.
However, in 1803 Meriwether Lewis recruited him for The Lewis and Clark Expedition. Some of his duties were the management of the expedition’s supplies and the drawing of maps. After the expedition, he was rewarded with a public position, he was in charge of Indian Affairs. For many years he served as diplomat in Louisiana and Missouri for the United States government. His goal, through these years, was the social integration of the Native Americans. He died on September 1, 1838.