By Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a systematic excursion to discover the newly bought Louisiana buy. The aim used to be to benefit extra in regards to the Northwest's typical assets, population, and chances for payment. The Lewis and Clark day trip was once the second one recorded transcontinental crossing of North the USA north of Mexico via white americans. Their trip was once major in that the 1st exact maps of the world have been produced, there has been a greater knowing of the Northwest's average assets, and so they demonstrated pleasant family members with American Indians. even if 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 assurance contains: Thomas Jefferson's help of the day trip as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with amassing suggestion and buying offers; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and opposed; the animals they encountered; the function performed by way of Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tricky trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.
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At the request of Albert Gallatin, secretary of the treasury, King prepared a map for Lewis, drawing on the best available knowledge of western geography. The King map gave a fairly accurate representation of the Mississippi River, of the first few hundred miles of the Missouri River, and the Pacific coast around the mouth of the Columbia River. But in between those points, what little detail was given was labeled “conjectural”—which meant it was anybody’s guess as to what actually would be found.
Fairfong arrived at the expedition’s camp, accompanied by a party of Otoe and Missouri Indians. “Capt. ” The next day they met the American Indian chiefs on the embankment that Lewis and Clark named Council Bluﬀ. With Fairfong serving as translator, the captains went through a round of diplomatic gestures that would soon become routine. First they oﬀered the American Indians presents, “in perpotion [proportion] to their Consiqunce,” as Clark would write. The bigger the chief, in other words, the better the present.
RaiDs anD celeBrations The winter routine at Fort Mandan was interrupted on several occasions by dramatic events. The ﬁrst occurred at the end of November. A Mandan man brought news that Lakota Sioux and Arikara warriors had attacked a Mandan hunting party. They left one hunter dead, two wounded, and stole nine horses. Lewis and Clark decided that a show of military strength was called for. With 21 armed men, Clark set oﬀ across the frozen Missouri to oﬀer his services to the Mandan. He planned to hunt down the Lakota Sioux and Arikara war party.
Across America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Discovery & Exploration) by Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman