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VOYAThe 2003 bicentennial anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition renewed and expanded interest in this historic 8,000-mile journey, undertaken at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson in an attempt to find a transcontinental river route across the United States. Setting out on May 14, 1804, from a location near St. Louis, the Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, completed the round trip two years, four months, and nine exhausting days later. During this time they explored the commercial and scientific promise of the Louisiana Purchase and kept a copious and detailed journal on the flora and fauna they encountered as well as their contact with Native American Indian tribes. More than 350 alphabetical entries, an extensive and detailed chronology with mile markers tracking the progress of the expedition, and ample photographs, maps, and other illustrations combine to present a comprehensive overview of the expedition, with a focus on the personalities of those involved. An opening list of entries gives a quick summary of the book's contents followed by an introduction that establishes the context-historical, political, and social-in which the expedition took place. Individual entries incorporate human-interest stories and anecdotes and include see-also references as well as suggestions for further reading. The lengthy bibliography is subdivided by topic and includes a list of recommended Web sites. Students researching the Lewis and Clark expedition will find this resource invaluable, as it is replete with detailed information, easy to use, and written in well-organized and clear prose. 2004, Facts on File, 464p.; Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. FurtherReading. Chronology. Appendix., Ages 11 to Adult.