August 18, 1774: Birth of Meriwether Lewis
On this day in 1774, American explorer Meriwether Lewis was born in the Colony of Virginia. Lewis was best known for his role as co-leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (a.k.a. the Corps of Discovery).
The Lewis and Clark Expedition contributed to the expansion of the United States and the understanding of indigenous nations and terrain of the far west.
Can you tell Lewis from Clark? Test your knowledge of major figures of the time period with this “Who’s Who in the West” quiz.