Before Lewis and Clark, Volume 2: Documents Illustrating the History of the Missouri, 1785-1804

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The exploration of the Missouri River country by the immediate predecessors of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark is documented in Volume II of this monumental work. It continues the historical record begun in the first volume, bringing together letters, journals, and other documents dating from 1796 to 1804, the first year of the Americans' great expedition. In their journals Zenon Truteau and James Mackay describe journeys up the Missouri and encounters with Indian tribes. Before Lewis and Clark includes letters and other documents relating to topography trading, the Indian policy of the Spanish regime, the encroachments of the British, and divers matters. Translated, annotated, and arranged chronologically by A. P. Nasatir, they form an exciting and indispensable record of the westward exploration that set the stage for Lewis and Clark.

James P. Ronda has introduced the Bison Book reprint of this volume, as he did the first. He discusses the history and the dreams behind the documents.

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U.S. Quarterly Book Review
"Those readers who prefer their history 'straight,' who would taste the savor that comes only from original sources, will find this collection of documents a rewarding experience."—U.S. Quarterly Book Review
William Least Heat Moon
"The return to print of this crucial work should spur interest in the rich history of the Missouri River, especially its long-ignored lower section that gave the opening into the American West for more than a century. If you want evidence that Mark Twain wrote about a lesser river, begin with Before Lewis and Clark."—William Least Heat Moon, author of Blue Highways: A Journey into America
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  • ISBN-13: 9780803283626
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 5.85 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

A. P. Nasatir, emeritus research professor of history at San Diego State University has had a career distinguished by its contributions to the documentary history of the French and Spanish regimes in the American West. James P. Ronda is the author of Lewis and Clark among the Indians (1984) and Astoria and Empire (1990), both published by the University of Nebraska Press.
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