Lewis & Clark Reach the Pacific Ocean

November 15, 1805

More than a year and a half after the expeditionary party led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis, Missouri, they reached the Pacific Ocean.

More than a year and a half after the expeditionary party led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark left St. Louis, Missouri, they reached the Pacific Ocean.  (See the Lewis & Clark Expedition.)

Lewis & Clark and their party at the mouth of the Columbia River

The "Corps of Discovery", as the expeditionary force was called, spent the following winter encamped near the mouth of the Columbia River.  They called the camp Fort Clatsop, after the local Native American tribe.  The location is now protected by state and national historic sites.

Lewis & Clark led the first U.S. government-funded exploration of the western wilderness – primarily covering the area added to the United States through the Louisiana Purchase.  The expedition allowed the U.S to claim the Oregon territory which opened up the settlement of the West.