By Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a systematic day trip to discover the newly received Louisiana buy. The target was once to benefit extra concerning the Northwest's typical assets, population, and percentages for payment. The Lewis and Clark excursion was once the second one recorded transcontinental crossing of North the US north of Mexico by means of white american citizens. Their trip used to be major in that the 1st exact maps of the world have been produced, there has been a greater figuring out of the Northwest's traditional assets, and so they proven pleasant kinfolk with American Indians. even supposing they have been not able to find the fabled, elusive Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark's achievements sparked American curiosity within the West and bolstered the nation's declare to the world. The assurance comprises: Thomas Jefferson's help of the excursion as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with amassing recommendation and buying provides; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and antagonistic; the animals they encountered; the position performed through Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tricky trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.
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Charles County, Missouri, where Daniel Boone, the legendary American frontiersman, had moved to in 1799. Even these ﬁrst days of travel, despite being so close to white settlements, were not without their dangers. In fact, the expedition might have come to an abrupt end on May 23, when Lewis decided to explore the edge of a rocky embankment towering some 300 feet (91 m) above the Missouri. He lost his footing at its very top and slid 20 feet (6 m) downward before catching himself by jamming his knife into a crack in the rock.
Sent him a bundle of clothing, an American ﬂag, and a Jeﬀerson peace medal (a small medallion, specially produced for the expedition, which showed Thomas Jeﬀerson’s likeness on one side, and two clasped hands superimposed on the words “Peace and Friendship” on the other). indd 42 8/24/09 3:12:05 PM Up the Missouri 43 smoked a peace pipe with the American Indian chiefs, and oﬀered each a drink of whiskey. Lewis ﬁred oﬀ his air gun, which much “astonished the nativs,” according to Clark. The main event, however, was Lewis’s speech.
To mark the occasion, Meriwether Lewis started making regular daily entries in his journal. This was the ﬁrst time he wrote in his journal regularly since September 1804. Over the next few months, he wrote some of the most famous lines in exploration literature. One famous passage was penned on April 7. “This little ﬂeet,” he wrote, meaning the expedition’s white and red pirogues, plus the six new dugout canoes: altho’ not quite so rispectable as those of Columbus or Capt. Cook, were still viewed by us with as much pleasure as those deservedly famed adventurers ever beheld theirs.
Across America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Discovery & Exploration) by Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman