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Mackenzie's accounts in Voyages from Montreal (1801) informed Jefferson (who read the book at Monticello in 1802) of Britain's intent to control the lucrative fur trade of the Columbia River, and convinced him of the importance of securing the territory as soon as possible.Two years into his presidency, Jefferson asked Congress to fund an expedition through the Louisiana territory to the Pacific Ocean.Need more information about our Internet service or any other Shaw product?Connect with one of our reps online or stop by a local Shaw retail store in Portage La Prairie.In 1803, Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery, and named U. Army Captain Meriwether Lewis its leader, who in turn selected William Clark as second in command.Lewis demonstrated remarkable skills and potential as a frontiersman.The campaign's secondary objectives were scientific and economic: to study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and to establish trade with local Native American tribes.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition from May 1804 to September 1806, also known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition, was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the continental divide to reach the Pacific coast.
Jefferson also arranged for Lewis to be further educated by Andrew Ellicott, an astronomer who instructed him in the use of the sextant and other navigational instruments.
Lewis, however, was not ignorant of science and had demonstrated to Jefferson a marked capacity to learn, especially with Jefferson as his teacher.
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