Episode Three - The Object of Our Mission: Thomas Jefferson Confers with Meriwether Lewis

In this interchange with President Jefferson and Captain Lewis, students have the opportunity to learn more about the extraordinary journey into what Jefferson called the "Mysterious West." Seventh graders from Central Academy Middle School query Jefferson and Lewis on the reasons for the expedition, the secret message to Congress, the instructions and preparation for the journey, the members of the Corps of Discovery, the Native Americans encountered, the plants and animals of the west, and the day to day life of being in uncharted territory.