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Lewis & Clark on the Trail of Discovery
Category: History: U.S.: L&C
Author: Rod Gragg
Copyright/published Year: 2003 by Rutledge Hill Press
Description: A Museum in a Book!
Experience the epic adventure through removable journal pages,
maps, and artifacts
Few events in American history have shaped the nation like the
Lewis and Clark Expedition. It opened the American West for
settlement. It redrew the map of the United States. It identified
an array of native peoples, spectacular places, fascinating
creatures, and extraordinary flora unknown in "civilized"
America. It defined the American nation as a land stretching from
coast to coast_and it launched the spread of population in a
mighty frontier migration unlike anything ever witnessed in
America before or since.
Lewis and Clark on the Trail of Discovery contains 19
chapters, detailing the expedition chronologically. A "museum in
a book," this fascinating volume contains re-creations of
original documents such as diary entries, letters, maps, and
sketches_all meticulously reproduced so that the reader can
actually handle and examine them.
Among the documents included in the book are:
- The actual letter of credit Jefferson wrote to Lewis
- committing the U.S. government to pay for the expedition.
- The code Thomas Jefferson provided to Lewis for sending
- Clark's sketch of the technique some Indians used to flatten
their heads, a sign of prestige.
- Clark's letter of gratitude to Sacagawea, a Shoshone teenager
who helped the expedition.
- A newspaper account of the expedition's return to St.
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