Lewis and Clark were pioneers in that they explored and are that had nod=t previously be know to most in the country at that time. Their journey took 2 years. In that time they covered a wide area of the country, documenting plants and animals not readily seen on the east coast. They even sent a prairie dog back to Thomas Jefferson since that animal was a new find. The journey took Lewis and Clark over rough land and rivers. They had to constantly battle the weather and in some cases- that hindered their progress. With out their brave journey, people of that time would not have been aware what they were walking into when they traveled west in search of new land, gold, or religious freedom.
In this article I learned that while manifest destiny, (that is the right of American to grow from coast to coast) was a popular belief, it was not always an easy one. After the Mexican-American War and the Louisiana Purchase, the country grew to the delight of many in the east who were crowded and had to work to find land. It was a desire of many to own their own land and become self-sufficient. They country grow larger in a period of about 40 years. Thank to the expeditions of Lewis and Clark and the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill. However, not everyone benefitted from the growth. The Native Americans were pushed off their own lands because southern plantation owners needed it for their crops. They were sent west too- but for a different reason. The path the took was called the Trail of Tears because of the many Natives that died along the journey.
In this selection of articles, I was able to meet Sacajawea, the Native guide to help Lewis and Clark. Also, it provided a good look at how simple and harsh wester pioneering was. Often times the whole family would be in the fields plowing and planting. It was hard work, because most was done by hand. Women took care of the household duties, and children would fetch water, and take care of the animals. Some children went to school in a one-room schoolhouse. They went to school in winter and summer, but stayed home to help with the chores in spring and fall. They were needed to help with planting and harvesting.