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The journals of Lewis and Clark

Author: Meriwether Lewis; William Clark; Frank Bergon
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2003.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1803, when the United States purchased Louisiana from France, the great expanse of this new American territory was a blank-not only on the map but in our knowledge. President Thomas Jefferson keenly understood that the course of the nation's destiny lay westward and that a national "Voyage of Discovery" must be mounted to determine the nature and accessibility of the frontier. He commissioned his young secretary,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Meriwether Lewis; William Clark; William Clark; Meriwether Lewis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meriwether Lewis; William Clark; Frank Bergon
ISBN: 0142437360 9780142437360
OCLC Number: 51606654
Notes: Originally published: Viking Penguin Inc., ©1989.
Includes index.
Description: xlvi, 505 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: Up the Missouri --
Meeting the Lakota --
Winter among the Mandan --
The great unknown --
The thundering falls --
In search of the Shoshone --
Across the Great Divide --
Down the rapids --
Winter at Fort Clatsop --
The start for home --
Lewis's shortcut --
The homestretch.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Other Titles: Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Responsibility: edited and with an introduction by Frank Bergon.

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In 1803, when the United States purchased Louisiana from France, the great expanse of this new American territory was a blank-not only on the map but in our knowledge. President Thomas Jefferson keenly understood that the course of the nation's destiny lay westward and that a national "Voyage of Discovery" must be mounted to determine the nature and accessibility of the frontier. He commissioned his young secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to lead an intelligence-gathering expedition from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and back. From 1804 to 1806, Lewis, accompanied by co-captain William Clark, the Shoshone guide Sacajawea, and thirty-two men, made the first trek across the Louisiana Purchase, mapping the rivers as he went, tracing the principal waterways to the sea, and establishing the American claim to the territories of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Together the captains kept a journal, a richly detailed record of the flora and fauna they sighted, the Indian tribes they encountered, and the awe-inspiring landscape they traversed, from their base camp near present-day St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River. In keeping this record they made an incomparable contribution to the literature of exploration and the writing of natural history. With 2003 marking the beginning of the Lewis and Clark expedition bicentennial celebration, this journal is now reissued in a beautiful new Penguin Classics package.

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