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This is where it begins...
On January 18, 1803, in a secret message to Congress, President Thomas Jefferson called for an expedition into the uncharted West.  Jefferson, believing that the possession of the Northwest Passage was necessary for control of North America, appointed Meriwether Lewis to lead a group of men to the Pacific Ocean.  Lewis, an expert in botany, the study of plants, and zoology, the study of animals, knew that he could not lead alone.  He asked William Clark, a friend of his from the army, to join him.  Clark's expertise was in native cultures and map making.  Together, the two friends would lead "The Corps of Discovery" on one of the most memorable expeditions in American History...

...and venture into the unknown.

Captain Lewis and Clark are still looking for a few good volunteers to go along on their adventure into the wilderness.  Will you be brave enough to join them?  They will be leaving soon.  Hurry and pack your bags.  Don't forget to bring all the paper you can and a writing utensil in order to record the amazing new spectacles you'll see.  You should be prepared to take notes on what you do; after all, your fellow travelers are depending on you.  By creating a journal of your adventure, you will be revealing the secrets of the unknown world to the rest of America!