Exploration: Lewis and Clark to Manifest Destiny

The exploration from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the era of Manifest Destiny marks a pivotal period in American history, characterized by westward expansion and territorial acquisition. Beginning with the Corps of Discovery's journey to the Pacific Northwest under the leadership of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, this era witnessed the exploration, settlement, and transformation of vast regions of North America. This introduction sets the stage for an in-depth examination of the motivations, challenges, and consequences of westward expansion, illuminating its impact on indigenous peoples, the environment, and the nation's identity and destiny.