" Beginning at the mouth of the Missouri, you will take observations of latitude and longitude at all remarkable points on the river, & especially at the mouths of rivers, at rapids, at islands & other places & objects distinguished by such natural marks & characters of a durable kind, as that they may with certainty be recognized hereafter....The variations of the compass too, in different places should be noticed. "
Their main objective was to study the regions animals, plants, and the geography.
Another goal was to establish trade and U.S. sovereignty over the native peoples along the Missouri River.
They led the first expedition to the Pacific cost in the United States.
They succeeded with what they were sent to do.
In the end, they were able to find and categorize 122 new animals and 178 plants, mapped the geography, and achieved friendlier relations with the natives. However, they did not find an all water route to the Pacific Ocean.