Across America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Discovery & by Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman

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 bought Louisiana buy. The target used to be to profit extra concerning the Northwest's traditional assets, population, and percentages for cost. The Lewis and Clark day trip was once the second one recorded transcontinental crossing of North the USA north of Mexico by way of white americans. Their trip used to be major in that the 1st exact maps of the realm have been produced, there has been a greater realizing of the Northwest's typical assets, they usually demonstrated pleasant family with American Indians. even though 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 realm. The insurance contains: Thomas Jefferson's aid of the excursion as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with collecting suggestion and buying provides; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and adversarial; the animals they encountered; the position performed via Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tricky trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.

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Hidatsa warriors, however, ventured out on raiding parties hundreds of miles to the west. They even traveled as far as the headwaters of the Missouri, on the eastern slopes of a distant mountain range. indd 47 8/24/09 3:12:08 PM 48  ACROSS AMERICA The Mandan lived along the banks of the Missouri River in present-day North Dakota. They lived in permanent villages of round, earthen lodges that surrounded an open plaza. When the Corps of Discovery settled in a nearby fort for the winter of 1804–1805, the Mandan supplied the men with food in exchange for trade goods.

Winter QUarters By November 3, the men of the corps began constructing a fort. It would be their winter home. Sergeant Patrick Gass, the expedition’s master carpenter, left a detailed description of its design and construction in his journal. The following is the manner in which our fort and huts were built; the huts were in two rows, containing four rooms each, and joined at one end forming an angle. When rasied [raised] about 7 feet high a floor of [split planks] were laid, and covered with grass and clay; which made a warm loft.

The expedition hired seven French boatmen, known as engagés, who had experience sailing up the Missouri as far as the Mandan villages. But in the end, they were delayed. , to meet their new “great white father,” Thomas Jefferson. By the time everything was sorted out, necessary supplies gathered and packed in the expedition’s three boats, it was mid-May. indd 32 8/24/09 3:11:56 PM Preparing the Way  33 St. Charles Pittsburgh Clark had received disappointing news from Washington. Despite Lewis’s promise that Clark would hold rank equal to his own, Jefferson had secured him a commission only as a lieutenant.

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