The Journals of Lewis & Clark

The Journals of Lewis & Clark
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The Journals of Lewis and Clark, by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Edited and with an introduction by John Bakeless, and a new afterword by Landon Y. Jones. (New American Library, 400 pp., paperback)

The expedition. In the spring of 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began a voyage launched by President Thomas Jefferson. Their mission was to explore the wilderness between the Missouri River and the Pacific coast, paving a path for an infant nation ravenous for land. Traversing a territory that has since become ten states, the small band of men, guided by a Shoshone woman, marveled at nature more vast and pure than they ever could have envisioned, and withstood dangers closer to death than they ever could have forseen. This volume has the colorful daily record of their epic trek, which would etch their names in the annals of American history for time immemorial. Countless storytellers since have retold the perilous saga of the great Northwest expedition. The Journals of Lewis and Clark, written by the explorers themselves, remains the most vivid.





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