The Lewis & Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition from May 1804 to September 1806 was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States.

 

It began near St. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the continental divide to reach the Pacific Coast.

 

The expedition comprised a selected group of U.S. Army volunteers under the command of Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend, Second Lieutenant William Clark.

 

At the beginning of 1805, a Shoshone Indian woman named Sacagawea joined the expedition with her husband.

She gave birth to her son shortly afterwards and was important to the group as an interpreter. The sight of a woman and her infant son would have been reassuring to some indigenous nations and she played an important role in diplomatic relations by talking to chiefs, easing tensions and giving the impression of a peaceful mission.

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2015

Fiji

Five Dollars

22ct Gold

8g

22mm

Milled

Fiji Coat of Arms

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The Lewis & Clark Expedition

The Lewis & Clark Expedition