The Lewis and Clark expedition was the greatest camping trip inhistory. It was one of those irresistible American adventures thatmany people dream of living. This book shares the delightfuldetails of the journey that historians have gleaned from thegroup’s journals and maps, and also discusses what’sknown of the Indian perspective of the expedition.
Throughout the book, you find out about Jefferson’swestern exploration from his earliest efforts to see the Corpsassembled through the aftermath for the explorers, the tribes, andthe United States. But the focus of Lewis & Clark ForDummies is on the period between Jefferson’s confidentialletter to Congress requesting dollars to mount a westernexploration (January 18,1803) and the expedition’s triumphant(and improbable) return to St. Louis (September 23, 1806):forty-two months that changed the world.
Join Lewis and Clark as they recruit the Corps of Discovery,meet Sacagawea and various Indian tribes, and set off along theMissouri River on a thrilling, perilous journey. Lewis &Clark For Dummies also covers the following topics andmore:
- The expedition’s people and places
- Jefferson’s fascination with the West
- Final preparations of Meriwether Lewis
- Weathering storms to launch the expedition
- The discomforts and dangers of the journey
- Making maps and writing reports
- A first look at the Pacific Ocean
The story of Lewis and Clark doesn’t end with their returnto St. Louis. This book will also lead you on an exploration of thefates and lessons of the Corps of Discovery. Find out what happenedto Lewis, Clark, and many other key players after their famousjourney. And examine the aftermath for the American Indians and thepolitical and cultural ramifications for the United States.You’ll even find the resources you need to plan your ownrecreation of the expedition as you take the Trail yourself!
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