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The journals of Lewis and Clark

Author: Meriwether Lewis; William Clark; Bernard De Voto
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., ©1997.
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
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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; Bernard De Voto
ISBN: 0395859964 9780395859964 0585109435 9780585109435
OCLC Number: 36225424
Notes: Based on the Reuben Gold Thwaites ed., published in 1904-1905.
"A Mariner book."
Description: lx, 504 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Other Titles: Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Responsibility: edited by Bernard DeVoto ; foreword by Stephen E. Ambrose ; maps by Erwin Raisz.
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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.

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