The Journals of Lewis and Clark by Meriwether LewisThe Journals of Lewis and Clark are the first report on the West, on the United States over the hill and beyond the sunset, on the province of the American future (Bernard DeVoto).
In 1803, the great expanse of the Louisiana Purchase was an empty canvas. Keenly aware that the course of the nations destiny lay westward—and that a Voyage of Discovery would be necessary to determine the nature of the frontier—President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis to lead an expedition from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and back. From 1804 to 1806, accompanied by co-captain William Clark, the Shoshone guide Sacajawea, and thirty-two men, Lewis mapped rivers, traced the principal waterways to the sea, and established the American claim to the territories of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Together the captains kept this journal: a richly detailed record of the flora and fauna they sighted, the native tribes they encountered, and the awe-inspiring landscape they traversed, from their base camp near present-day St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River, that has become an incomparable contribution to the literature of exploration and the writing of natural history.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark Expedition , —06 , U. Meriwether Lewis and Lieut. The expedition was a major chapter in the history of American exploration. On January 18, , U. Jefferson, who had already sponsored several attempts to explore the West, asked his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to lead the expedition. Lewis was dispatched to Philadelphia for instruction in botany , celestial navigation , medicine , and zoology. Lewis procured weapons at Harpers Ferry , Virginia now in West Virginia , supervised the construction of a foot metre keelboat, and secured smaller vessels, in addition to designing an iron-framed boat that could be assembled on the journey.
Lewis: Persona Secretary to Pres. The huge part of the land west of the Mississippi River was completely unknown to Americans and needed to be examined first before it could be settled. President Jefferson decided to send an exploratory expedition west so he appointed his own private secretary, Meriwether Lewis as a Commander in charge of the expedition and finding appropriate guides for it. Lewis invited his former superior officer from the Army, William Clark, to be his Co-commander. Their mission was to explore the unknown territory, establish trade with the Natives and affirm the sovereignty of the United States in the region. One of their goals was to find a waterway from the US to the Pacific Ocean.
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As the Lewis and Clark bicentennial approaches—the Corps of Discovery set out from CampDubois at the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers on May 14, —all the signs of a great cultural-historical wallow are in place. There are Lewis and Clark conferences, museum exhibitions and trail rides. Last summer Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders drove parts of the trail. When Harley hogs discover Lewis and Clark, you know something big is going on! But in all this hoopla I fear that we may miss the underlying significance of the Lewis and Clark story and the chance to connect these early explorers to the larger and richer stories of our past. Lewis and Clark were not the first white men to cross the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific north of Mexico. Scottish fur trader Alexander Mackenzie crossed Canada a decade earlier.