Journals of Lewis and Clark (National Geographic Adventure Classics)

By Meriwether Lewis

On the sunrise of the nineteenth century, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark launched into an exceptional trip from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and again back. Their project used to be to discover the newly received Louisiana Territory and checklist the geography, flowers, fauna, and other people they encountered alongside the best way. the story in their magnificent trip, meticulously recorded of their journals, has develop into an American classic.

This single-volume, landmark version of the recognized journals is the 1st abridgement to be released in not less than a decade.

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Capt. Lewis camped instantly below this hill to attend, which gave me it slow to envision the hill. at the most sensible is a mound of approximately six ft excessive and approximately a hundred acres of land, on which the big trees is useless. In descending approximately 50 ft a projecting limestone rock, less than that's a cave. At one position on those projecting rocks I went on one that spurred up and hung over the water. From the head of this rock I had a prospect of the river for 20 or 30 miles up. From the cave, which encompassed the hill, I descended via a steep descent to the foot. a truly undesirable a part of the river contrary this hill. The river keeps to fall slowly. Our hunters killed seven deer this day. The land our hunters undergone this day at the starboard aspect was once very fantastic the latter a part of at the present time. The excessive land at the starboard facet is set moment cost. North the US has no local nightingales. What species of poultry Clark really heard not anyone is familiar with, even though there was lots of hypothesis at the topic. June five, 1804, Tuesday [Clark] After jerking the beef killed the previous day and crossing the searching social gathering we set out at six o’clock. handed a small creek at the larboard aspect I name Lead Creek. handed a creek at the starboard aspect of 20 yards vast referred to as Little sturdy Woman’s Creek. at the larboard part a prairie extends from Lead Creek parallel with the river to Mine River. At 4 miles handed the Creek of the large Rock approximately 15 yards extensive at the larboard part. At eleven o’clock delivered to a small caissee [i. e. , a cajeu] within which have been Frenchmen, from eighty leagues up the Kansas River, the place they wintered and stuck a very good volume of beaver, the larger a part of which they misplaced via fireplace from the prairies. these males tell us that the Kansas kingdom at the moment are out within the plains looking buffalo. They hunted final iciness in this river. handed a projecting rock on which was once painted a determine [in the unique magazine a drawing of this determine seems to be right here; it's a Manitou or spirit determine] and a creek at miles above known as Little Manitou Creek, from the painted rock. This creek 20 yards broad at the larboard aspect. handed a small creek at the larboard part contrary a truly undesirable sand bar of numerous miles in quantity, which we named Sand Creek. the following my servant York swam to the sand bar to collect vegetables for our dinner and back with a adequate volume of untamed cresses or tongue grass. We handed up for 2 miles at the larboard part of this sand and have been obliged to come back, the water doubtful, the short sand relocating. We had an excellent wind, yet couldn't utilize it, our mast being damaged. We handed among small islands in the course of the present, and around the head of a 3rd. A quick present for one mile. Camped at the starboard aspect contrary a wide island in the course of the river. One pirogue didn't wake up for 2 hours. Our scout stumbled on the clean signal of approximately 10 Indians. I anticipate that these Indians are on their method to conflict opposed to the Osage country; most likely they're the Sauks. June 6, 1804, Wednesday [Clark] Mended our mast this morning and set out at seven o’clock lower than a gradual breeze from S.

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