On This Day: Lewis and Clark mistakenly believe they reached the Pacific Ocean

On This Day: Lewis and Clark mistakenly believe they reached the Pacific Ocean
Portraits of William Clark (left) and Meriwether Lewis (right), by Charles Willson Peale, 1807 (Source: Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - On this day in history, Nov. 7, 1805: After a long and arduous 18-month journey, Lewis and Clark mistakenly believe they’ve reached their ultimate goal.

Meriweather Lewis wrote in his journal, “Great joy in camp, we are in a view of the ocean. This Pacific Ocean which we have been so long anxious to see.”

Lewis and his co-commander William Clark were both Virginians and they were not yet at the Pacific Ocean.

Learn all about their long journey — including stories you never learned in school — from  Dr. Gregory Smithers, a history professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Episode 5 of Season 4:

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