Collection: Lewis & Clark

Seeds Collected and Documented
by

Lewis & Clark's
Corps of Discovery Expedition
1804 to 1806

President Thomas Jefferson called upon Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to coordinate an expedition into the wilderness that lay beyond the Missouri River in what is now Illinois. The captains assembled a crew, primarily comprised of military volunteers, but hired others along the way. These additions included a French-Canadian fur trapper, his two Shoshone wives, and their infant son. This diverse group of people was called the "Corps of Discovery." The plants listed below are just a few of the many discoveries catalogued by the expedition. They are a perfect way to incorporate a bit of history into your gardens and daily life.
After much preparation, the corp began their three year journey on May 14, 1804. There travels took them across the country to the Pacific Ocean and resulted in the recording of nearly 1,000,000 words. Along with documentary information, the corps recorded weather data, geography, native cultures, and descriptions of animal and plant specimens that they collected during the journey.

Informational References:
  1. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
  2. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
  3. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
  4. Lewis and Clark as Naturalists, Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.