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Children's LiteratureTwo hundred years ago President Jefferson sent an expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and lands further west. He appointed Meriwether Lewis to lead the mission, who in turn asked William Clark to share the command. They hired men, built keelboats, and gathered supplies. By May of 1804 they set off on an incredible historical journey which lasted two and a half years. The group of men called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In November they hired a French-Canadian trader and his Indian wife Sacagawea as interpreters. Lewis and Clark kept detailed journals and collected samples of plants and animals. The Corps faced many hardships such as wild animals, raging currents, lack of food, severe weather, swarms of insects, and sunstroke. The expedition was a smashing success, paving the way for future exploration and settlement of the growing United States. Excellent photographs and illustrations accompany a richly detailed source. The book is part of the "Cornerstones of Freedom, Second Series" and contains an index, bibliographic resources, a timeline, and glossary. Webster's book would be ideal for an American history curriculum. 2003, Children's Press, Ages 8 to 12.
— Laura Hummel