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 the western portion of the united states it began near st louis made its way westward . Lewis clark expedition after the louisiana purchase treaty was made jefferson initiated an exploration of the newly purchased land and the territory beyond the great rock mountains in the west he chose meriwether lewis to lead an expedition who in turn solicited the help of william clark. Lewis and clark expedition 1804 06 us military expedition led by capt meriwether lewis and lieut william clark to explore the louisiana purchase and the pacific northwestthe expedition was a major chapter in the history of american exploration. On may 21 1804 meriwether lewis and william clark left from st louis missouri with the corps of discovery and headed west in an effort to explore and document the new lands bought by the louisiana purchase with only one death the group reached the pacific ocean at portland and then returned
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