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Journals of Lewis and Clark (National Geographic Adventure Classics)

Journals of Lewis and Clark (National Geographic Adventure Classics)

Meriwether Lewis

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 0792269217

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


At the dawn of the 19th century, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on an unprecedented journey from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and back again. Their assignment was to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and record the geography, flora, fauna, and people they encountered along the way. The tale of their incredible journey, meticulously recorded in their journals, has become an American classic.

This single-volume, landmark edition of the famous journals is the first abridgement to be published in at least a decade.

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but not being able to reach that place, changed my direction to the river, which I struck some miles below the mountain, and encamped for the evening, having traveled 16 miles. We passed a handsome little stream formed by some large springs that rise in this wide bottom on the larboard side of the river. We killed two antelope on our way and brought with us as much meat as was necessary for our suppers and breakfast the next morning. We found this bottom fertile and covered with taller grass than

They call themselves Cho pun-nish or Pierced Noses; their dialect appears very different from the Flatheads, although originally the same people. They are darker than the Flatheads I have seen. Their dress is similar, with more beads—white and blue principally—brass and copper in different forms, shells, and wear their hair in the same way. They are large portly men, small women and handsome featured. Immense quantities of the quamash or Pas-shi-co root gathered and in piles about the plain.

procure the most of their cloth, knives, axes and beads from the Indians from the north of them who trade with white people who come into the inlets to the north at no great distance from the Yakima. Their horses, of which I saw great numbers, they procure from the Indians who reside on the banks of the Columbia above, and what few they take from the To war ne hi ooks or Snake Indians. I smoked with all the principal men of this nation in the house of their great chief and lay myself down on a

boats and several other men coming upriver; they were on their way to trade with the Sioux. He brought them the first news of civilization they had had for more than two years. “Our first enquiry,” writes Clark, “was after the President of our country and then our friends and the state of the politics of our country and the state of Indian affairs.” They found out that Gen. James Wilkinson was governor of the Louisiana Territory; Wilkinson was a frontier general who was secretly working for the

definite edge in the area. The United States was new on the scene and relatively weak in both experience and authority. But Lewis and Clark were there to open the way, and they would brook no interference. Much of the early part of the winter at Fort Mandan was taken up by these concerns. Indians were constantly at the fort, not only to talk but also because the Americans and their ways fascinated them. It was quite common for one or more chiefs to show up on some piece of business and then stay

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