Rare And Ridiculous Stories Of The Lewis And Clark Expedition

In May of 1804, President Thomas Jefferson wanted to map the newly acquired land from the Louisiana Purchase. He appointed Meriwether Lewis, a 29-year-old outdoorsman and hunter, and William Clark, a 33-year-old trustworthy soldier to lead it. Together with a small team, they set out on an expedition that would last 863 days and take them across 7,689 miles. While the history books commemorate it as a dignified exploration, a lot went wrong.

They completely blew their budget, and some of their team even stole supplies to get drunk. During all of this, Sacagawea was nine months pregnant but still guiding the team. Find out what they never taught you in history class about the great Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Lewis Met Clark After A Drunken Dispute

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Jean-Erick PASQUIER/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Sometimes people have too much to drink and say and do things they shouldn’t, and will probably later regret. Meriwether Lewis had one of those nights way back in 1795. A 21-year-old frontier army officer at the time, Lewis drank one too many and challenged a lieutenant to a duel.

He was then court-martialed for his behavior, where his current commander decided it would be better if he was transferred to another company to avoid further disputes with the lieutenant he challenged. Lewis’ commander at his new company was none other than William Clark. That’s how they met.