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Many people have tried to do what Meriwether Lewis has done but have failed Lewis was born Augest 18 1774 His family had a history of Hipochondria depression As a boy his father died and he inherited a 2000 acre plantation 520 pounds in cash 24 slaves and 147 gallons of whiskey By the time he became a teenager Lewis had become an alcoholic As he became older he joined the army and helped put down the whiskey rebelloin The whiskey rebellion started because the govornment put a tax on whiskey and many of the frontiersman couldnt pay it On Febuary 23 1801 Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis to be his secretary The job paid 500 a year This was much less than he made at the plantation but he still accepted As Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis became friends Thomas Jefferson taught Meriwether Lewis to read Thomas Jefferson wanted to explore America so he asked Lewis to lead an expidition to the Pacific coast and back He agreed but he knew it would be long and hard and that they would need many supplies Meriwether bought 15 Pennsylvania Rifles colapsable boat tackle lead ink powder 30 steels mosquito netting and oilskin bags He also bought many presents for the Indians 5 pounds white glass beads 20 pounds red assorted beads 144 scissors 288 brass thimbles many blue beads silk paint vermilion and 288 knives On July 5 1803 Lewis set out for Pittsburgh Upon arriving at Pittsburgh they discover the colapsable boat is not even close to being done So they cant leave for the Pacific coast yet On August 31 700 AM the last nail was driven into the boat But by that time the river was at a record low On September 1st they left Pittsburgh and went Down the Ohio river In some places the river was only 6 inches deep There were a lot of mosquitoes
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