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The Journals of Lewis and Clark
     

The Journals of Lewis and Clark

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by Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Frank Bergon (Editor)
 

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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

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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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A new edition using the Thwaites text of 1904-1905. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142437360
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/17/2002
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
734,030
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Frank Bergon is a novelist and professor at Vassar College

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The Journals of Lewis and Clark 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to be entertained while being educated....READ THIS BOOK!! I highly recommend this for every adult. If you have a student in the home that is not interested in history or does not understand the value of learning history, this is a perfect way to get them interested. Truly one of the most exciting true adventure's of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I tried reading the journals in their original form, but it was rough going--this version with modernized spelling and eloquent summaries between the passages not included make reading about their great expedition fun. I got my son hooked on it too--a wonderful introduction to this phase of American history. Grizzly bears, encounters with native Americans, hunting for food, Sacagawea and her baby--it's all there. If Lewis & Clark interest you at all, this version is the one to read now. Certain to be the classic abridgment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boring in some spots, but very good and highly entertaining. The writings of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with most of the boring stuff edited out. Of their first encounter with Grizzlies after being told how ferocious they are(by the Indians). New lands and creatures. I always thought that I would have gone on this adventure in 1804. After reading the journals, I see I probably would have complained so much, as to get the boot. Deserters and heroes, facing difficult situations. A true adventure story in every sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a historical researcher, I find Mr. Bergon's book a necessity in locating information, whether it be on native tribes, expedition equipment, plant's and animal specimens, and so on. By far, the best abridged edition on the market and a necessity for the new L&C buff or long time enthusiast. A real gem since it includes the expedition's summary of equipment purchases.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The one that says dont read. Well heres what i think about your comment booooooooooooo. Look you mights think its boring but some other people it is actually a world to imagine what it was like when they were alive.
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Boooooooooo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me a lot on a report that i had to do on Leis and Clark. In just the sample i was able to finish my essay. Highly reccomended book for people who would like to learn about the Lewis and Clark!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It talkes about them alot and you can learn alot about there trip. Please read this book to learn about them. And there trip especially if you are learning about them in school.
Jerry48 More than 1 year ago
Any Lewis and Clark followers,very well kept journals,you will enjoy. Jer
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I thought a good book
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This book was very compelling. It was hard to put down. I have passed it on to my grandsons who are in high school for collatgeral reading in their history class.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS is SUPER helpful GET this BOOK!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is too much detail in them describing their trip. Moves very slowly.
Helruss More than 1 year ago
Slow reading. Lots of repetitiveness. Publisher should have checked this. I have read other copies of the journals and they were better