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William Clark 1770-1838
Explorer of the American West

William Clark was a skilled soldier and leader when the United States was a new nation. He became friends with Meriwether Lewis while they served in the army together.

Later, Lewis chose Clark to help lead an expedition. President Thomas Jefferson wanted Lewis and Clark to explore the West. That region was new land for the United States.

The journey took almost two years. Clark wrote about the American Indians they met in his journal. He wrote about the land, plants, and animals they saw. He drew maps of the land in the West. When people in the East read Clark's notes about the West, many wanted to move there.

Comprehension Check

What did William Clark write about on his expedition?

Critical Thinking

President Thomas Jefferson wanted Lewis and Clark to find out about the people and land of the West. Do you think they did this? Explain your answer.