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Way to the Western Sea : Lewis and Clark across the Continent

Way to the Western Sea : Lewis and Clark across the Continent - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0803280038

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ISBN13: 978-0803280038
ISBN10: 0803280033
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Copyright: 2003
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 2003
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Way to the Western Sea : Lewis and Clark across the Continent - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0803280038

David Sievert Lavender

ISBN13: 978-0803280038
ISBN10: 0803280033
Cover type:
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Lavender sets the stage with a lucid account of the imperial rivalries between England, Spain, France, and the United States, and their role in Thomas Jefferson's decision to sponsor an expedition that might strengthen the young country's claims to lands it had purchased but never seen. Lavender then takes us through the steps that led to the selection of Meriwether Lewis and the Corps of Discovery's leader with William Clark as coleader. From there, the great adventure story unfolds and we follow Lewis and Clark and their company on their journey through vast, uncharted territory as they seek a transcontinental route to the Pacific.

From its inception to its conclusion--a triumph made bittersweet by Lewis's suicide only a few years later--we witness the trials, the surprises, the natural wonders, and the successes large and small that the expedition met with day by day over the course of two years and thousands of miles. The result is a true classic of adventure writing and a marvel of historical storytelling.

Table of Contents

1. Beginner's Luck
2. Preparing for the Future
3. Grappling with Logistics
4. Trial Run
5. Facing Reality
6. Smoky Water
7. Emphasis on Indians
8. Into Winter
9. The Grand Plan
10. Forty Below - and Far to Go
11. Hazards by Water
12. The Great Portage
13. The Great Divide
14. Hunger
15. Wild Water
16. The Farthest Reach
17. Against the Flow
18. Peace Mission to the Blackfeet
19. Hurrying Home
20. Endings
App. I Jefferson's Instructions to Lewis
App. II The Permanent Party
App. III Much Ado About Little - The Case of the Lydia

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