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Lewis and Clark: Blazing a Trail West (Sterling Biographies Series)
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Lewis and Clark: Blazing a Trail West (Sterling Biographies Series)

by John Burrows, John McCloskey
 

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In November 1805, after a perilous trek across North America, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis finally spotted the Pacific Ocean. It was a triumphant, hard-won victory following a year-and-a-half of braving the elements and risking death by starvation, wild animals, and hostile Native American tribes. Who were these explorers who accomplished what no other white men

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In November 1805, after a perilous trek across North America, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis finally spotted the Pacific Ocean. It was a triumphant, hard-won victory following a year-and-a-half of braving the elements and risking death by starvation, wild animals, and hostile Native American tribes. Who were these explorers who accomplished what no other white men had? And who helped them in their incredible journey across an uncharted, sometimes hostile landscape? Kids will read wide-eyed as they follow Lewis and Clark from their frontier boyhoods to their groundbreaking achievement to the sometimes-tragic aftermath of their success.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
William Clark and Meriwether Lewis left Illinois in 1804 with more than forty-five other people to explore North America. The two men discovered many rivers and mountains, and they encountered several Native American tribes. The Lewis and Clark expedition was a dangerous one, but one that this group was determined to make. The two men had similar family backgrounds. Clark was born in Virginia to a plantation-owning family. Lewis was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, also to a family who owned a plantation. Clark was four years older than Lewis. Lewis and Clark both joined the Army and eventually met. In 1881, Lewis's friend Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States needed a secretary and offered the position to Lewis. On April 1, 1801, Lewis officially became President Jefferson's secretary. Jefferson wanted to raise money for an exploration of the West. Lewis volunteered to head an expedition out West and to the Pacific Ocean. Jefferson accepted his offer. Lewis then asked his friend Clark to join the expedition. On May 21, 1804, the two began their trip on the Missouri River. In September, 1806, the explorers returned with many accounts of the long, hard trek. As rewards for their service, both were awarded political and military appointments in the Louisiana Territory. Clark became a governor and died a natural death. Lewis was plagued by depression and is presumed to have taken his own life. Both men are remembered as heroes of the developing West. Color and black and white photographs and many sidebars are included, as well as a time line, glossary, bibliography, and source and chapter notes. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402760594
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
08/05/2008
Series:
Sterling Biographies Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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