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Travels of the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean

Travels of the Source of the Missouri River and Across the American Continent to the Pacific Ocean
Performed by Order of the Government of the United States, in the Years 1804, 1805, and 1806
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  • Date Published: December 2010
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108023818

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  • The Lewis and Clark expedition of 1804–1806 across America from Pittsburg to the Pacific and back was the third recorded transcontinental journey. President Jefferson had negotiated the Louisiana Purchase of over two million square kilometres from the French in 1803, and the aim of the expedition was to investigate the territory involved. He commissioned a Corps of Discovery as a scientific and military expedition to survey the acquisition, appointing his aide Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809) to lead it. It was hoped to discover that the Missouri and other rivers could be used for transcontinental communication and transport, and to assess the natural resources of the area. Some of the party returned east with specimens, reports and a map, while the remainder reached the Pacific in December 1805. The importance of the expedition lay in its mapping of the territory, and establishing friendly relations with some of the native tribes.

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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108023818
    • dimensions: 330 x 252 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.15kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1:
    1. The party set out on the expedition, and pass Wood River
    2. Some account of the Pawnee Indians
    3. Whimsical instance of superstition of the Sioux Indians
    4. Council held with the Tetons
    5. Council held with the Mandans
    6. The party increase in the favour of the Mandans
    7. Indian method of attacking the buffaloe on the ice
    8. Unusual appearance of salt
    9. The party continue their route
    10. Return of Captain Lewis
    11. Description and romantic appearance of the Missouri at the junction of the Medicine River. Volume 2:
    12. The party embark on board the canoes
    13. The name of the Missouri changed, as the river now divides itself into three forks, one of which is called after Jefferson, the other Madison, and the other after Gallatin
    14. Captain Lewis proceeds before the main body in search of the Shoshonees
    15. Affecting interview between the wife of Chaboneau and the chief of the Shoshonees
    16. Contest between Drewyer and a Shoshonee
    17. The party, after procuring horses from the Shoshonees, proceed on their journey through the mountains
    18. The party proceed in canoes
    19. The party in their passage still visited by the Indians
    20. First appearance of tide water in the Columbia River
    21. Extravagant passion of the natives for blue beads, which constitute amongst them the circulating medium of the country
    22. A party, headed by Captain Clarke, go in quest of a whale driven on the shore of the Pacific to obtain some of its oil
    23. An account of the Clatsops, Killamucks, Chinnooks, and Cathlamahs. Volume 3:
    24. A general description of the beasts, birds, and plants, &c. found by the party in this expedition
    25. Difficulty of procuring means of subsistence for the party
    26. Description of Wappatoo Island, and the mode in which the nations gather wappatoo
    27. Captain Clarke procures four horses for the transportation of the baggage
    28. The party still pursue their route towards the Kooskooskee on horseback, with Wollawollah guides
    29. The party encamp amongst the Chopunnish
    30. The party mingle in the diversions of the Willetpos Indians, a tribe hitherto unnoticed
    31. The party proceed on their journey with their Indian guides, and at length agree to divide, to take several routes, and to meet again at the mouth of the Yellowstone River
    32. Captain Lewis and his party still proceed on the route mentioned in the last chapter, and arrive at the forks of Maria's River
    33. The party commanded by Captain Clarke, previous to his being joined by Captain Lewis, proceed along Clarke's River, in pursuance of the route mentioned in a preceding chapter
    34. Captain Clarke proceeds with his party down the river
    35. The party, while descending the river in their skin canoes, are overtaken by the detachment under Captain Lewis, and the whole party, now once more happily united, descend the Missouri together
    36. The party return in safety to St. Louis.

  • Authors

    Meriwether Lewis

    William Clark


    Thomas Rees

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