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Across America: The Lewis & Clark Expedition

Facts on File

By Maurice Isserman
Posted August 4, 2004
Tags Faculty Books
Highlights include:

Encounters with a grizzly bear
Lewis and Clark's traveling library
Mountain men and the fur trade
Smallpox and the fate of the Mandan tribe
The many names of Sacagawea
Coverage of the fates of Lewis and Clark, among other party members, beyond their momentous journey.

Introduction


According to the publisher, the book "opens with President Thomas Jefferson's receipt in August 1805 of a wagonload of animal skins, dried plants, insects, an Indian bow and many other items that Meriwether Lewis had sent him four months earlier. Around that same time, Meriwether Lewis and three other members of the Corps of Discovery crossed the Continental Divide at Lemhi Pass and realized that the expedition still had far to go to reach the Pacific Ocean. With full coverage of the events leading to the Corps of Discovery's formation and its gripping adventures to the Pacific and back, this book details these explorers' travels and trials."

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