Those Tremendous Mountains: The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Those Tremendous Mountains: The Story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

by David Freeman Hawke, Meriwether Lewis

Hardcover(1st ed)


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ISBN-13: 9780393013054
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/1980
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 1
Product dimensions: 1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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SeriousGrace on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Hawke blends the diaries, notes and sketches of Captains Meriweather Lewis and William Clark with his own narrative to create a lively and creative account of the famous duo's expedition. It is not a dry retelling of the trials and tribulations of traversing daunting mountain ranges. It is a portrait of desire, courage, friendship and loyalty. Thanks to a very specific and detailed charge by Thomas Jefferson to count every tree, flower, river, animal, and weather condition along the journey and both Lewis and Clark's insatiable desire and curiosity to discover the world around them they documented thousands of species never seen before, making their expedition that much more famous than those gone who had before them. Their curiosity for every new plant and animal they encountered gave them a wealth of information to send back to the President. Hawke also carefully portrays Lewis and Clark as humanitarians with a keen sense of diplomacy when dealing with the Native American tribes they encountered. Knowing they would need help crossing the Rockies Lewis and Clark made sure to have plenty of gifts for the natives. Bartering for the things they needed came easier with a show a respect rather than force. Probably my favorite parts in the book were the displays of friendship between Lewis and Clark. While President Jefferson continuously called it Lewis' expedition, Lewis insisted Clark was his equal and it was their expedition. Even after Jefferson downgraded Clark's rank from captain to second lieutenant Lewis the men on the expedition "never learned of his true rank and always called him Captain" (p 51). Probably my favorite lines comes at the end: "By then the trust between them was complete and remained so to the end" (p 248).