Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West


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   Order Code: SSH701    ISBN : 9780684826974
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Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "An adventure filled with high romance and personal tragedy, involving the greatest expedition ever undertaken in the history of this country," this narrative history turns the Lewis and Clark expedition into a grand adventure.

Piecing together modern-day information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time, historian Stephen E. Ambrose provides a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back 30 years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. There are numerous Indian chiefs, Sacagawea, the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the 19th century.

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2005 edition




8 and up