The Lewis and Clark Companion: An Encylopedic Guide to the Voyage of Discovery

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An indispensable guide to our nation’s epic adventure

The years 2003–2006 mark the bicentennial of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s famous transcontinental journey between the Missouri and the Columbia River systems. They never did find the fabled Northwest Passage, but over twenty-eight months, the Corps of Discovery traveled more than eight thousand miles through eleven future states, named scores of places and rivers, met with many Native American tribes, and wrote the ...

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Overview

An indispensable guide to our nation’s epic adventure

The years 2003–2006 mark the bicentennial of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s famous transcontinental journey between the Missouri and the Columbia River systems. They never did find the fabled Northwest Passage, but over twenty-eight months, the Corps of Discovery traveled more than eight thousand miles through eleven future states, named scores of places and rivers, met with many Native American tribes, and wrote the first descriptions of heretofore unknown plants and animals. By the end of their trip, Lewis and Clark had navigated and named two thirds of the American continent.

They may have had undaunted courage, but the sheer volume of information related to their expedition can be more than a little daunting to the armchair historian. Written by two highly regarded Lewis and Clark experts, this book contains over five hundred lively and fascinating entries on everything from the members of the expedition and the places they went to the weapons and tools, trade goods, and medicines they carried, along with the food and amusements that sustained them. Highly readable and informative, it’s the perfect introduction for the Lewis and Clark novice, and the comprehensive guide no buff will want to be without.

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Publishers Weekly
This alphabetical primer on all things Lewis and Clark is comprehensive but not exhaustive. Both novices and scholars will benefit from the cogent entries, intended "to synthesize the mass of the existing knowledge about the Lewis and Clark expedition into a single unified volume." The authors intend their book to be consulted by Lewis and Clark students who are reading the explorers' journals, which explains why there are such entries as "dog" (193 of which were purchased for consumption on the expedition) and "gill," the daily ration of whiskey allotted to the corps of men on the journey. Tubbs, who was an assistant researcher on her historian father's biography of Nixon and serves on the foundation board of the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, and Jenkinson, a Thomas Jefferson scholar, have concentrated on synthesis rather than original research; the steadily mounting accretion of Lewis and Clark scholarship has necessitated such a guide, which touches on everything from what the voyagers ate to the places they explored and the people they encountered. This handy volume, timed for publication as the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition opens, has the virtue of teaching the student while helpfully reminding the scholar. 16 b&w photos. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Drawing on the writings of Lewis and Clark, the other Corps of Discovery journal keepers, and the extensive secondary literature on the corps's voyage of exploration, Lewis and Clark experts Tubbs and Jenkinson (The Character of Meriwether Lewis; The Paradox of Thomas Jefferson) have assembled a handy reference to the explorers' seminal transcontinental journey on the bicentennial of its beginning. Arranged alphabetically, the more than 500 entries vary from concise, one-sentence descriptions to multipage treatises for principle corps members, major events, important geographic features, and significant flora and fauna. References follow each entry, and a considerable bibliography is included. Appendixes list the Indian trade goods that Corps of Discovery members carried with them and a list of native tribes they encountered. Entries for controversial expedition members, like Sacagawea and York, include the conflicting theories regarding their roles during the journey and post-journey, with which recent research has grappled. Recommended for all libraries, along with The Lewis and Clark Journals. [For more on Lewis and Clark, see Charles Cerami's Jefferson's Great Gamble and Laurie Winn Carlson's Seduced by the West, reviewed on p. 135.]-Margaret Atwater-Singer, Univ. of Evansville Libs., Indiana Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805067255
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 345
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs is a veteran traveler on the Lewis and Clark trail and was an assistant researcher on her father’s three-volume biography of Nixon. She writes about Montana history and serves on the Lewis and Clark Interpretative Center’s Foundation board. She lives in Helena, Montana.

Clay Straus Jenkinson is a nationally respected Jefferson scholar whose previous books include The Paradox of Thomas Jefferson and Message on the Wind. He is scholar in residence at Lewis and Clark College and a senior fellow of the Center for Digital Government. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

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