The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900)

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Fritz demonstrates how a series of unrelated events converged to make the Lewis and Clark expedition—and America's dream of westward expansion—a reality. Maps guide the reader along the routes taken by Lewis and Clark, and a detailed timeline gives readers an easy-to-use resource for looking up important dates and events. Biographical sketches of major figures conclude the work. An extensive bibliography and index make this an ideal first stop for anybody interested in learning ...

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Overview

Fritz demonstrates how a series of unrelated events converged to make the Lewis and Clark expedition—and America's dream of westward expansion—a reality. Maps guide the reader along the routes taken by Lewis and Clark, and a detailed timeline gives readers an easy-to-use resource for looking up important dates and events. Biographical sketches of major figures conclude the work. An extensive bibliography and index make this an ideal first stop for anybody interested in learning more about this truly remarkable expedition.

William Clark and Meriwether Lewis are widely credited with exploring the American West and paving the way for settlement. Yet if Thomas Jefferson's bid for president in 1800 had failed, the expedition probably would not have ventured west. Furthermore, if Napoleon had not been dealt a severe blow by a Haitian slave rebellion, France might never have sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States. The expedition also relied heavily on the goodwill of Native Americans peopling the explored territory.

Fritz demonstrates how a series of unrelated events converged to make the Lewis and Clark expedition—and America's dream of westward expansion—a reality. Maps guide the reader along the routes taken by Lewis and Clark, and a detailed timeline gives readers an easy-to-use resource for looking up important dates and events. Biographical sketches of major figures conclude the work. An extensive bibliography and index make this an ideal first stop for anybody interested in learning more about this truly remarkable expedition.

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This scholarly introduction to the Lewis and Clark Expedition would be a fine starting place for someone interested in making a thorough study. It begins with an extensive chronology, starting with the birth of Thomas Jefferson, who sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the Louisiana Territory, and ending with the death of Clark. Five chapters each cover the events during part of the journey of the Corps of Discovery, often using the exact words found in the original journals of Lewis and Clark. A small section with maps and photos of locations and artifacts follows. Biographical sketches of five people associated with the expedition provide some insight into their character. One of the most fascinating sections of the book is the collection of primary documents of the expedition. Jefferson's original instructions to Lewis tell exactly what was expected of the explorers. Excerpts from the journals of several expedition members show the hardships and the events of the journey from different perspectives. Letters from Lewis to Jefferson and an unknown correspondent tell his story in his own words. This resource will be useful for reports and beginning other research. Some of the writing is disjointed, but the extensive notes at the end of each chapter show that the information is from primary sources and not embellished by the author. Part of the Guides to Historic Events, 1500-1900 reference series, the book is an important addition where research and interest in Lewis and Clark is extensive. 2004, Greenwood, 184p.; Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Chronology., PLB Ages 11 to Adult.
—Deborah L. Dubois
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Meet the Author

HARRY WILLIAM FRITZ is Professor and Chair of the Department of History at the University of Montana, Missoula.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
Preface
Chronology of Events
Ch. 1 Prologue 1
Ch. 2 Through the Mandan winter 7
Ch. 3 Across the plains and over the Rockies 23
Ch. 4 The Columbia and Clatsop winter 43
Ch. 5 Homeward bound 51
Ch. 6 Science and ethnology 59
Ch. 7 Epilogue 69
Biographies 73
Primary documents of Lewis and Clark expedition 87
Glossary of selected terms 127
Annotated bibliography 133
Index 138
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