If you had to feed 33 men on a journey that could last two years and cover 7,689 miles, how much food would you need to pack? And, what kinds of food? It would be a difficult decision, wouldn't it?
As Captain, Lewis had to make this decision, and he packed the following provisions:
Although it would not always be possible, the Corps could supplement its food supply along the way by hunting game and by gathering fruits, berries, and other edibles.
In addition, Lewis purchased 193 pounds of "portable soup" as an emergency ration. The soup was a thick liquid-type substance made from beef and stored in cans. The men all agreed it tasted terrible and dreaded eating it!