By Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a systematic excursion to discover the newly received Louisiana buy. The aim used to be to benefit extra concerning the Northwest's normal assets, population, and chances for payment. The Lewis and Clark excursion was once 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 exact maps of the world have been produced, there has been a greater figuring out of the Northwest's traditional assets, they usually verified pleasant relatives with American Indians. even supposing they have been not able to find the fabled, elusive Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark's achievements sparked American curiosity within the West and reinforced the nation's declare to the realm. The insurance comprises: Thomas Jefferson's aid of the day trip as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with amassing recommendation and buying provides; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and adversarial; the animals they encountered; the function performed through Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tough trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.
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M. to watch the sentence carried out. The beaten men had to go right back to work, with their bloody backs, rowing, poling, and hauling the keelboat upstream. It was a harsh punishment, but one that must have seemed right to the rest of the Corps of Discovery: A drunken guard endangered all their lives. They also knew that there was going to be no tavern along the next several thousand miles where they would be able to replenish their supply of whiskey when it ran out. Collins and Hall had enjoyed themselves at the expense of their fellow expedition members.
The other two chiefs, especially the one known as the Partisan, felt slighted by comparison. The Partisan and Buﬀalo Medicine became surly. The three chiefs demanded that the expedition hand over more of its goods. The captains instead invited the chiefs and some of their men onboard the keelboat. indd 44 8/24/09 3:12:06 PM Up the Missouri 45 pirogues. Clark went along. Lewis remained in command on the keelboat. As the pirogue touched land, three Teton warriors grabbed hold of its bow cable. The Partisan pushed up against Clark and declared that the whites could not proceed any further up river.
And he made it clear that Lewis could not begin his exploration of the Missouri that winter—a plan that the captains had already abandoned in any case. Lewis received a friendlier reception from the city’s wealthy furtrading merchants, including Manuel Lisa and half-brothers Auguste and Pierre Chouteau. indd 29 8/24/09 3:11:54 PM 30 ACROSS AMERICA of the Louisiana Territory, as well as to sell the American captain the goods he would need to outﬁt his ever-expanding expeditionary force. They proved useful sources of information on both the geography and LeWis’s MaP cOLLecTiOn \\\ Lewis needed to know what to expect in his search for the Northwest Passage.
Across America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Discovery & Exploration) by Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman