By Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a systematic excursion to discover the newly got Louisiana buy. The objective used to be to benefit extra concerning the Northwest's traditional assets, population, and probabilities for payment. The Lewis and Clark day trip used to be the second one recorded transcontinental crossing of North the USA north of Mexico by means of white american citizens. Their trip used to be major in that the 1st actual maps of the world have been produced, there has been a greater figuring out of the Northwest's average assets, they usually verified pleasant kin with American Indians. even though they have been not able to find the fabled, elusive Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark's achievements sparked American curiosity within the West and bolstered the nation's declare to the realm. The assurance comprises: Thomas Jefferson's aid of the excursion as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with collecting suggestion and buying offers; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and adverse; the animals they encountered; the function performed by means of Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tricky trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.
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He complained on April 24. indd 61 8/24/09 3:12:19 PM 62 ACROSS AMERICA WHere no WHite Man HaD Been BeFore Despite the hardships of the journey, the travelers were sustained by pride in their accomplishments. Every mile they sailed westward, they knew they were making history. On April 14, a week out from the Mandan villages, they reached a small creek running into the Missouri. They named it after Charbonneau. Given that this was the same man who had nearly sunk the white pirogue the day before, it may seem strange that the captains bestowed this honor upon him.
Louis. After a day’s travel, they would halt (by a convenient creek if they could ﬁnd one), unload the goods they needed for the night, pitch their tents, and prepare the one hot meal they would enjoy during the day. THe “BarKinG sQuiriL” \\\ The strangeness of the animal population on the Great Plains added to the explorers’ sense of wonder as they encountered this new landscape. On September 7, Lewis and Clark came across a burrowing animal unlike any they had ever seen before. It lived in what Clark described as a “village” containing “great numbers of holes on the top of which those little animals Set erect .
When Clark killed a goose on April 13, Lewis climbed to the top of “a lofty cottonwood tree” to collect an egg from its nest, but whether out of scientiﬁc curiosity or hunger for fried egg he did not say. The Corps of Discovery enjoyed returning to the routine of river travel. indd 59 8/24/09 3:12:16 PM 60 ACROSS AMERICA Throughout the expedition, Lewis and Clark wrote in their journals about the people and unfamiliar plants and animals they encountered. They recorded nearly 300 kinds of plants and animals that had been unknown to science.