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11:44 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Ken Burns’ LEWIS & CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY, Part One Tonight 7:00 p.m.

LEWIS & CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY tells the remarkable story of the United States' first exploration of the West, a voyage of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide to the Pacific. Hal Holbrook narrates.
Credit Courtesy of Florentine Films

When President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon, he doubled the country's size. The sudden western expansion of the United States--and rumors of a Northwest Passage that would link the Atlantic with the Pacific--motivated Jefferson to find the great byway to the West. He appropriated $2,500 for the journey and commissioned his secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to the task of revealing the West. Lewis asked his old friend, William Clark, and a group of rough frontiersmen to join the expedition, now called the Corps of Discovery.

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