Topic: Lewis & Clark & the Louisiana Purchase

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Jefferson Prepares for the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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$15 Million Well Spent?

Determining the Purpose of the Corps of Discovery
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Map of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

This map of the western part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was drawn by Samuel Lewis (no relation to Meriwether) using drawings supplied by William Clark.
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Boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase

This map shows the boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase as recognized today. In 1802, the U.S. and its territories occupied most of the land to east.
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Corps of Discovery-Lewis and Clark

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Elk Antlers

This set of Elk Antlers is one of the few surviving natural history specimens sent back from the Lewis and Clark Expedition
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Jefferson’s Economic Plan for the Louisiana Territory

Developed for AP US History coursework. Can be adapted for any level.
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Thomas Jefferson: President of the United States

In 1800, Thomas Jefferson ran for president of the United States. John Adams also wanted to be president. Jefferson and Aaron Burr ran as Republicans. John Adams and Charles Pinkney ran as Federalists. There were many differences between the two groups.Republicans felt that the government belonged to all the people. They believed most people could…

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Empire of Liberty or Empire of Slavery?

This three-stage lesson explores Thomas Jefferson’s plans to create an “Empire of Liberty” and the problems he faced in realizing his goals. In so doing, it considers the...