Life was hard. Everything was done by hand, from cutting down trees, to building homes, to weaving cloth. Pioneer life could also be lonely. The nearest neighbors were MILES away! Pioneers managed to build farms, homes, roads, and towns.
After the pioneers settled on the Ohio River or Mississippi River they began using the waterways as trade routes. They shipped products such as wheat and pigs to the east coast and Europe through the New Orleans port.
Spain closes the port of New Orleans to Americans
What do you think happened when Spain closed the port to the Americans?
Lewis and Clark hired Sacagawea and her husband to act as interpreters and guides. Sacagawea helped created good relationships with Native Americans along the way. She also helped translate Indian languages for the expedition.
Lewis and Clark returned in September 1806. They had not found a water route to the Pacific but they had recorded and described thousands of varieties of plants and animals. They even brought some back for Jefferson to examine. The had also mapped a vast area. They had been gone 28 months.