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Bicentennial Trivia

  1. Who did Lewis study terrestrial navigation with?
    a. Thomas Jefferson, Robert Patterson, and Andrew Ellicott

  2. When did the expedition begin?
    a. Lewis left Pittsburgh, PA August 31, 1803 with the keelboat to go down the Ohio River.

  3. How long was the keelboat?
    a. 55 feet

  4. What was it powered by?
    a. Oars, Sails, Poles, or Cordelling Rope

  5. Name the NCO's (Non-commissioned Officers).
    a. 1st Sgt Ordway, Sgt Pryor, Sgt Floyd, (later Sgt Gass), and Cpl Warfington

  6. When was the first court-martial?
    a. At Camp DuBois - Colter, Frazer, and Shields were charged with stealing goods from supplies being delivered - March 27, 1804

  7. What was the punishment?
    a. No punishment given - Frazer's charges were forgiven and Colter and Shields promised never to do it again.

  8. Who were the first Native Americans to meet the expedition?
    a. The Otoes and Missouris

  9. Where did that meeting take place?
    a. Council Bluffs, just north of present day Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA

  10. When did they first see the Pacific Ocean?
    a. November 7, 1805

  11. How much was the Lewis and Clark expedition originally appropriated by congress?
    a. $2,500.00

  12. How much did it finally cost?
    a. $43,000.00 (Approximate)

  13. What agency was responsible for the appropriation?
    a. The United States Army

  14. What name was the expedition known by?
    a. The Corps of Volunteers for Northwestern Discovery

  15. Who coined the name?
    a. Capt. Meriwether Lewis

  16. When did he coin it?
    a. August 1804 (Sometime around the first meeting with the Sioux.)

  17. How did the roster read when the Corps left St. Louis?
    a. 2 Captains, 3 Sergeants, 1 Corporal, 31 Privates, 10 French boatmen, 2 Interpreters, 1 servant, 1 Dog

  18. What date did the Corps return to St. Louis?
    a. September 20, 1806

  19. What day did Capt. Lewis leave from Pittsburgh to start the journey?
    a. August 30, 1803

  20. How long did Capt. Lewis spend in Philadelphia with his tutors?
    a. 4 months

  21. How much did Lewis receive after auctioning off the equipment of the expedition in St. Louis after they returned?
    a. $430.00 (approximate)

  22. What was the name of the Expedition before August 1804?
    a. The Party, The Expedition, or Captain Lewis' Company

  23. Presidential Medals
    The U.S. Mint's Presidential Medals date back to the earliest days of the Republic. Medals bearing the likeness of the President on one side and symbols of peace and friendship on the other were presented to Native American Chiefs and other important leaders at treaty signings and other events. On their expedition to the Pacific coast from 1804-1806, Lewis and Clark carried a supply of "Indian Peace Medals" bearing the portrait of President Thomas Jefferson for presentation to important chiefs. The tradition of presenting Indian Peace Medals continued until the latter part of the 19th century. After the term of President Andrew Johnson, these medals became the official medals of the Presidents series, with individual reverse designs featuring inaugural dates, terms of office, presidential symbols and seals, and excerpts from speeches.
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