On August 1, 1770, William Clark was born in Ladysmith, the eldest son of John and Sarah Clark. He grew up on the family farm and received his education in a one-room schoolhouse. When he was nine years old, he discovered his love for exploring. His father encouraged him to be adventurous and not let any opportunity go unused.
William Clark was one of the most famous explorers in United States history. He explored the frontier of the United States and discovered many new territories. In addition, he is known for being a very competent leader and having an incredible ability to lead large groups of people.
At the age of 17, Clark had explored most of what is now known as Kentucky and Ohio. He was well known for his explorations in the American West and one of the first Americans to see the Pacific Ocean when he established Fort Clatsop in 1806 on Oregon, Columbia River.
Clark spent his early life exploring Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Then he moved to Illinois and became a militia member that defended against Native Americans during the Black Hawk War of 1832-1833.
After this war, he settled on a farm near Streator before accepting an offer from Thomas Jefferson to explore the newly formed West.
He demonstrated his skill as a leader in his ruthlessness and pragmatism, which was later put to the test when he led his army across the ocean and extended America’s frontier.
On September 1, 1838, William Clark died at a residence near St Louis, Missouri.