Louisiana Purchase and Lewis & Clark Expedition Quiz

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Who was the first African American to cross North America to reach the Pacific during the Lewis and Clark expedition?


Why were Sacagawea's skills considered invaluable during the Lewis and Clark expedition?

Her ability to communicate with different Native American tribes

What was the significant role played by Sacagawea on the Lewis and Clark expedition?

Serving as a translator and mediator with Native American tribes

Why did Sacagawea's presence have a calming effect on both the expeditioners and the American Indians they encountered?

Her calming presence and ability to communicate effectively

What was the approximate total distance covered during the Lewis and Clark expedition?

8,000 miles

Which animal did Clark see for the first time during the Lewis and Clark expedition?

Prairie dogs

What animal does the head of the creature described in the text resemble?


In which period did the population of enslaved African Americans see a significant increase?


What invention by Eli Whitney significantly impacted the production of cotton?

Cotton Gin

Which region became the single most important proximate cause for expansion in United States history due to cotton cultivation?


What was the primary reason for the increased demand for American cotton by textile manufacturers worldwide?

Dependability of American cotton supply

Why did the spread of cotton westward lead to an increase in slavery?

Cotton plantations demanded extensive manual work

What was instrumental to the market revolution in America by helping transport raw materials and finished goods quickly?


What contributed to the revitalization of the institution of slavery in the United States during the 19th century?

Expansion of cotton production

Which event resulted in the movement of over 2 million enslaved persons between 1820 and 1860, mainly to the Lower South?

Second Middle Passage

What factor made it increasingly necessary for older states like Virginia to rely on the sale of enslaved individuals?

Economic reliance on slavery

Which technological innovation helped open up the American continent to exploration, settlement, and exploitation?


Which naval vessel is known as 'Old Ironsides' and remains the world's oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat?

USS Constitution

Test your knowledge on the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and the famous Lewis & Clark Expedition. Learn about the historic $15 million deal that doubled the size of the United States and the adventurous journey to explore the newly acquired territory.

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