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Today in History: Meriwether Lewis (& William Clark)

Last Updated on August 18, 2021

Today in History–August 18–the Library of Congress features explorer Meriwether Lewis, born on this day in 1774. Together with William Clark, Lewis set out on May 14, 1804 at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson to look for a Northwest Passage, or water route to the Pacific Ocean. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access resources related to these explorers and their journey known as the Corps of Discovery.

Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America (online exhibition)

Thomas Jefferson: the West (online exhibition)

Lewis & Clark Journey Journal (2 volumes)

Lewis & Clark journey maps

Lewis & Clark Historic Trail maps

Meriwether Lewis primary source set (images, letters, maps)

Meriwether Lewis historical newspaper coverage

William Clark primary source set (images, letters)

Lewis & Clark stories (America’s Library)

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