Undaunted Courage - WikipediaLewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide 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 thirty years. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with 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 century.
The Journal of Lewis and Clarke (1840) by Meriwether LEWIS Part 1/2 - Full Audio Book
Undaunted Courage: The Pioneering First Mission to Explore America's Wild Frontier
Noble young partners, courageous and self-reliant, they were role models for generations of American youths. Even in this high-tech age of space exploration, their bold, month, 8,mile expedition across largely unknown Western lands from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back in remains one of the most enthralling adventure stories in American history. Not so well known to the general reader is the context that surrounded the expedition. Among its many elements were the dedicated role of President Thomas Jefferson as the driving force behind the enterprise; Jefferson's visionary guidance of Lewis during the preparations for the trip; the impact of the ''Corps of Discovery'' on Western Indian nations, the fur trade and the future of the American West; and the frustrations after the explorers came home, climaxed by the shocking tragedy of Lewis's death in a lonely and remote inn on Tennessee's Natchez Trace three years after his triumphant return.
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The book is based on journals and letters written by Lewis, William Clark , Thomas Jefferson and the members of the Corps of Discovery. While most of the book is dedicated to the expedition, several chapters are also devoted to Lewis's early life as a Virginia planter and Jefferson's personal secretary, and his later life as governor of the Louisiana Territory before his untimely death in The book outlines the expedition in detail including the route, interactions with Native Americans, scientific discoveries, wildlife , and landscape. As a biography, the book is focused entirely on Lewis, and Clark, Sacagawea and the others are addressed principally in their interactions with Lewis. The expedition, and Lewis' life as a whole, is placed within the broader context of Jefferson's presidency, the opening of the American west, and early Indian Policy. The text is supplemented by maps and illustrations, including some drawn by Lewis himself.