Southern Counterpart to Lewis and Clark: The Freeman and Custis Sccounts of the Red River Expeditiom of 1806

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In 1806 President Thomas Jefferson sent cartographer Thomas Freeman and botanist Peter Custis to explore the southen Louisiana Purchase westward to the Rocky Moutnains. Stopped by a Spanish army in what is today extreme southern Oklahoma, they did not complete their mission. President Jefferson minimized their failure by focusing instead on the success of their northern counterparts Lewis and Clark. Hence the fame of Lewis and Clark and the virtual anonymity of Freeman and Custis-until now, thanks to editor Dan L. Flores.

Dan Flores presents the primary documents created by Freeman and Custis during their ill-fated attempt to explore the Louisiana territory and areas west of the Mississippi in 1806.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806119410
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1986
  • Series: American Exploration and Travel Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Flores is retired as A. B. Hammond Professor of History at the University of Montana, Missoula. He is the author of numerous books, including Visions of the Big Sky: Painting and Photographing the Northern Rocky Mountain West and The Natural West: Environmental History in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Red River Books Edition
Preface to the 1984 Edition
Editor's Introduction: Probing the Southwestern Wilderness 3
The Documents and Editorial Procedures 91
Pt. 1 From Fort Adams to Natchitoches 99
Pt. 2 The Great Raft and the Great Swamp 123
Pt. 3 Layover at the Coashatta Village 159
Pt. 4 The Wilderness" Upriver: Coashatta
Village to Spanish Camp and Return 173
Pt. 5 The Natural History Catalogues 211
Editor's Epilogue : The Last Jeffersonian Exploration 281
App. 1 Jefferson's Letter of Exploring Instructions 319
App. 2 A List of Notable Points on the Middle and Upper Red River, by Peter Custis 327
App. 3 Meteorological Observations Made on Red River, 1806 335
Bibliography 345
Index 365
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