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Exploration and Westward Expansion

Explorers, Surveys, and Expeditions

Accordion

Lesson Plan with links to images of letters treaties and other documents

 “Moving Images Relating to the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition”, exhibit in Portland OR, c. 2003-2006

 “Publicity and Procedural Materials Relating to the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1905”

 

Printed Materials Relating to the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition, 1903 - 1906

 

“President Thomas Jefferson's message to Congress communicating the discoveries of the explorers Lewis and Clark”

President Thomas Jefferson's Confidential Message to Congress Concerning Relations with the Indians and Proposing an Expedition to Explore Across the Continent to the Western Ocean

Message of President Thomas Jefferson concerning the success of the expedition of Lewis and Clark

Lewis and Clark Expedition, list of purchases by Merriweather Lewis 

List of Purchases Made by Meriwether Lewis  

List of Indian Presents Purchased by Meriwether Lewis

Receipt for 130 Rolls of Pigtail Tobacco Purchased by Meriwether Lewis

Receipt for Wine and Kegs Purchased by Meriwether Lewis

Natchez Trace Parkway - Meriwether Lewis Monument, photograph

Remarks of Pres. BIll Clinton at screening of Ken Burns’ documentary Lewis and Clark in the White House, 1997

“Map of Lewis and Clark Track Across the Western Portion of North America from the Mississippi to the Pacific Ocean”

Jefferson Looks Westward: President Secretly Sought Funds from Congress to Explore Louisiana Territory, Develop Trade. By James Worsham. Prologue, Winter 2002, Vol. 34, No. 4.

Other Resources:

Digitized copy of the journals of lewis and clark (University of Nebraska website)

American Philosophical Society archive, detailed information about the journal manuscript
 

 

Migrations and Migrants

Accordion

Conflicts and Military

Accordion

Articles

Trading Gray for Blue: Ex-Confederates Hold the Upper Missouri for the Union, Prologue Magazine article, Winter 2005

More in the National Archives Catalog

Naturalization Case File Relating to Mexicans Living in Texas ("In Re Ricardo Rodriguez"), 1896 - 1897, National Archives Identifier 12161718

Statements of the Contracts for the Purchase and Charter of Vessels for Transportation Purposes in the War with Mexico, 1846 - 1847, National Archives Identifier 7428371

Photograph of Mexican-American War Flag, National Archives Identifier 18519929 and 18519930

Photographs

Photographs from the American West

 

 

Articles

 

Teaching Resources

 

The Impact of Westward Expansion on Native American Communities

Teaching with Documents Lesson Plan:   Sioux Treaty of 1868

 

Additional NARA Resources  

Photograph of General George Armstrong Custer, ca. 1862 - 1963

Claims of the State of Minnesota Relating to Indian Wars, 1862 - 1865

 

https://www.docsteach.org/activities/teacher/the-impact-of-westward-expansion-on-native-american-communities

The Impact of Westward Expansion on Native American Communities

https://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/sioux-treaty/activities.html

Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: Sioux Treaty of 1868

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/2736800

Claims of the State of Minnesota Relating to Indian Wars, 1862 - 1865 - NOT ONLINE

 

 

  

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