The Lewis and Clark Expedition

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This brief volume introduces one of the greatest adventure stories of U.S. history: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's harrowing westward journey in search of a navigable waterway to the Pacific Ocean. With more than 150 journal entries and correspondences organized into topics - such as Forging the Corps of Discovery and Encounters with Native Americans - this volume provides a unique framework for assessing the 1803-06 expedition's successes and failures, forming insight into the explorers' personalities, and...
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Overview

This brief volume introduces one of the greatest adventure stories of U.S. history: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's harrowing westward journey in search of a navigable waterway to the Pacific Ocean. With more than 150 journal entries and correspondences organized into topics - such as Forging the Corps of Discovery and Encounters with Native Americans - this volume provides a unique framework for assessing the 1803-06 expedition's successes and failures, forming insight into the explorers' personalities, and interpreting their encounters with Native Americans. An introduction provides historical context for the expedition; concise head-notes introduce important themes and link the selections. Useful editorial aids include a chronology of the journey, maps, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index.
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This compact volume represents the first attempt to organize excerpts of the Lewis and Clark journals according to topic, rather than chronologically, allowing the lay reader or student to follow a given thematic or topical thread throughout the process of the entire expedition. The first sections portray the two captains and relate their initial organization of the expedition. Subsequent sections deal with the geographic and climatic challenges presented by the crossing of the continent; encounters with Native Americans; and accounts of the natural wonders observed by the explorers. The editor's introduction and epilogue ably place the expedition in its historical context. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Jefferson's Designs and Western Realities 1
1 The Two Captains 26
Clark Joins the Expedition 33
Resourceful and Prudent Lewis 36
Meticulous and Helpful Clark 41
2 Forging the Corps of Discovery 45
Adapting Army Routine 51
Instilling Discipline 55
Dealing with Traders 59
Shipment to St. Louis 62
York's Contributions 65
Sacagawea's Crucial Role 66
More Than Just a Name 72
Festive Occasions Tighten Bonds 75
The Captains as Medics 78
3 The Challenge of the Continent 81
The Mighty Missouri 85
The Cold Winter of 1804 87
The Riddle of the Marias River 90
At Last - The Great Falls 94
Searching for the Source of the Missouri 97
Crossing the Rocky Mountains 101
The Soggy Winter of 1805 108
Homeward Bound 115
4 Encounters with Native Americans 123
The "Great Father" 127
Relations with the Shoshoni 130
Councils and Failed Attempts at Peacekeeping 146
Seeking Knowledge and Guides 154
Treating Sick Indians 158
The Buffalo Dance 163
Sexual Relations with Native American Women 165
Trouble with the Teton Sioux 169
Fighting a Group of Piegan 178
5 Flora, Fauna, and Natural Wonders along the Trail 186
Buffalo and Antelope 190
Grizzly Bears 193
California Condor and Western Tanager 199
Salmon and Red Char 202
Lewis's Trio of Pests 203
A Shipment of Specimens 205
Clarkia Pulchella 208
The White Cliffs and Great Falls 209
Epilogue: The Legacy of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 216
Questions for Consideration 222
Suggestions for Further Reading 223
Index 225
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