List of Indian Presents Purchased by Meriwether Lewis in Preparation for the Expedition to the West
- War Department. Office of the Quartermaster General. 1842-1912
In a secret message to Congress dated January 18, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson asked for $2,500 to explore lands west to the Pacific. Jefferson worked closely with Lewis, co-commander of the expedition, to ensure that he was well-prepared to anticipate the party's needs. While the party ran out of such luxuries as whiskey, tobacco, and salt, they had plenty of rifles, powder, paper, and ink.
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