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Lewis and Clark

William R. Lighton

Book Overview: 

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – In the years 1804, 1805, and 1806, two men commanded an expedition which explored the wilderness that stretched from the mouth of the Missouri River to where the Columbia enters the Pacific, and dedicated to civilization a new empire. Their names were Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This book relates that adventure from it’s inception through it’s completion as well as the effect the expedition had upon the history of the United States.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .development were to be noted as fully as might be,—soil, water-supply, climate, and change of seasons; and also the natural resources of the country, vegetable, animal, and mineral. Nothing was to be neglected, knowledge of which might contribute to the success or security of later enterprise.

"In all your intercourse with the natives," wrote Mr. Jefferson, "treat them in the most friendly and conciliatory manner which their own conduct will admit; allay all jealousies as to the object of your journey; satisfy them of its innocence; make them acquainted with the position, extent, character, peaceable and commercial dispositions of the United States; of our wish to be neighborly, friendly, and useful to them, and of our dispositions to a commercial intercourse with them; confer with them on the points most convenient as mutual emporiums, and the articles of most desirable interchange for them and us. If a few of their influential chiefs, within practicable . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Nice quick review of the exploration of the rest of the west by Lewis and Clark. It also high lights the vision of President Jefferson of the United States.

I love history and the people that make it up.

Lewis and Clark spent 28 months traversing a path across the western portion of the nation. This brief narrative just "touches the hilltops of the expedition" and much "of importance has been suggested indirectly and much has been passed by altogether." There in lies the problem. This is a very read

Working from the journals written during the Lewis and Clark journey,this volume basically sums them up into this volume. The book tells of each aspect of the trip and a bit of the result of actions. What's missing is real depth and description of the surroundings. Also missing is context of the tr

This short read gives a brief but thorough overview of the famed exploratory trip of the two men, whose names are now permanently linked with both each other and their most notable exploit. Not much is known about either man, individually, but together, they formed a force against the great unknown

2.75 stars (ok)

This book was successful in that it provided a succinct summary of Lewis and Clark's exploratory trip but it unfortunately also included a few of the author's negative characterizations of Native Americans which, also unfortunately, were not uncommon at the time the book was written.

An interesting story of an interesting time, these guys were quite remarkable and thoughtful. It’s amazing to have such a voyage of discovery documented in such an insightful way.

Quick and easier summary

Easy reading and quick summary of the Corps of Discovery. Gives the reader a pretty good idea of one of the great adventures in American history

pretty good summary of the travel log. lacking some of the context you would expect about Lewis, Clark and Sacagawea.

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