History Through A Looking Glass
South Carolina Lewis
and Clark Program
was an extraordinary adventure. A small band of men, led by co-captains and guided at times by a teenage Native American
woman, traveled over thousands of miles through the heart of a mighty, unknown wilderness on an epic journey that helped forge
a nation. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. Their commanders, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
took them where no American citizen had ever gone before, where they saw wonders few white men would ever behold. It
was an arduous, dangerous, and undeniably exciting, and it ranked as one of the great explorations of all time.
This program tracks the progress of the Corps
of Discovery on their outbound route to the Pacific Ocean and briefly points out interesting facts about the journey along
the way. The hands-on museum that accompanies this program includes Native American artifacts as well as trade items
carried for barter with those tribes encountered along the way. Also included are mapping and charting tools and
everyday items used by the explorers.
Lewis and Clark Program
United States Studies
Standard 4-5: The student will demonstrate an understanding
of westward expansion of the United States and its impact on the institution of slavery.
new century saw the United States transformed by exponential growth through land acquisitions in the West. This expansion
resulted in harm to Native Americans and continued the debate on the “peculiar institution” of slavery. To understand
the impact of westward expansion on the United States as a whole, the student will utilize the knowledge and skills set forth
in the following indicators:
4-5.1 Summarize the major expeditions that played a role in westward
expansion including those of Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, and Zebulon Pike.
4-5.2 Explain the motivations
and methods of migrants and immigrants, who moved West, including economic opportunities, the availability of rich land, and
the country’s belief in Manifest Destiny.
4-5.3 Explain the purpose, location, and impact of
key United States acquisitions in the first half of the nineteenth century, including the Louisiana Purchase, the Florida
Purchase, the Oregon Treaty, the annexation of Texas, and the Mexican Cession.