For nearly 150 years after their expedition, our nation almost forgot completely about Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
It wasn't until the 1960's that the public and historical scholars connected. Finally, school students and adults alike learned about their journey, making Lewis and Clark the historical icons they are today—true American heroes venturing into the great unknown.
Because in 1803 America had acquired The Louisiana Purchase, and President Thomas Jefferson wanted to know more about the expansive territory and find "The Northwest Passage" to the Pacific Ocean.
In other words, go out and find "The most direct & practicable water communication across this continent for the purposes of commerce."
No small task.
The duo's expedition traveled roughly 8,000 miles by boat, on foot, and on horseback. That's almost a quarter of the way around the world!
Since then, the names Lewis and Clark have become an integral part of our country's historical fabric, and synonymous with exploration.
It's because of these iconic explorers that we developed The Lewis & Clark Explorer Shirt for your own personal explorations into the wild. A shirt with all the bells and whistles for flexible exploring with sanded canvas that's rugged but soft.