The final segment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition outlines the journey back to St. Louis, Missouri. Along the way Lewis and Clark split up after the Bitterroot Mountains to explore previously unexplored areas during the westbound journey. An altercation with members of the Blackfoot tribe caused Lewis to make haste back to rejoin Clark at the Missouri River. After saying a few goodbyes at Fort Mandan, the Corps of Discovery returned to St. Louis where they were given a warm welcome. Lewis and Clark's expedition opened up the American west for future generations, but also left tremendous impacts on the Native American tribes they encountered.
- 4.3.CO Compare the motivations for and reactions to various expeditions into the Western territories.
- This indicator was developed to encourage inquiry into how land acquisition and the resulting border changes of the U.S. impacted the people of the western territories prior to Westward Expansion.
- 4.3.CE Analyze the effects of government policies in promoting United States territorial expansion into the west.
- 4.3.P Analyze the role of technology and the environmental impact during the period of Westward Expansion.
- 4.3.CC Recognize patterns of continuity and change in the experiences of Native Americans and Spanish-speaking people as the U.S. expanded westward.
- 8.3.CX Evaluate the economic significance of agriculture on South Carolina, the U.S., and the world.
- This indicator was designed to encourage inquiry into the continuities and changes of the experiences of marginalized groups such as African Americans, Native Americans and women, as the U.S. expanded westward and grappled with the development of new states.
- This indicator was developed to encourage inquiry into the causes of American expansion, such as a growing and diversifying population and the expansion of the plantation economy. This indicator promotes inquiry into the relationship between sectionalism and political compromise, culminating in the Civil War.