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From the bestselling writer of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the definitive booklet on Lewis and Clark’s exploration of the Louisiana buy, the main momentous day trip in American heritage and one of many nice experience tales of all time.

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson chosen his own secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to steer a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and again. Lewis and his companion, Captain William Clark, made the 1st map of the trans-Mississippi West, supplied priceless clinical information at the wildlife of the Louisiana buy territory, and proven the yankee declare to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Ambrose has pieced jointly formerly unknown information regarding climate, terrain, and scientific wisdom on the time to supply a brilliant backdrop for the excursion. Lewis is supported through a wealthy number of colourful characters, firstly Jefferson himself, whose curiosity in exploring and buying the yank West went again thirty years. subsequent comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson’s. there are various Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian woman who followed the excursion, besides the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the good naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur investors of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and plenty of extra best political, medical, and army figures of the flip of the century.

High event, excessive politics, suspense, drama, and international relations mix with excessive romance and private tragedy to make this notable paintings of scholarship as readable as a singular.

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