Produced on August 1, 1770, in Caroline County, Virginia, William Clark went to become half the infamous quest team of Lewis and Clark. After over two years and much more than 8,000 miles, the expedition helped mapmakers comprehend the geography of the West.
A smaller brother to Revolutionary War hero George Rogers Clark, William Clark entered the military in the age of 19. First he served in the militia and after that entered the U.S. Army. Clark became buddies with Meriwether Lewis while the two served together in 1795. The following year he resigned in the military to eventually become the supervisor of his family’s estate. The mythical journey started the following May in St. Louis, Missouri. A seasoned soldier and outdoorsman, Clark helped keep the expedition going. He was likewise a great mapmaker and helped to determine what courses the expedition should take.