Journals of Lewis and Clark (National Geographic Adventure Classics)
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At the dawn of the 19th century, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark embarked on an unprecedented journey from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and back again. Their assignment was to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and record the geography, flora, fauna, and people they encountered along the way. The tale of their incredible journey, meticulously recorded in their journals, has become an American classic.
This single-volume, landmark edition of the famous journals is the first abridgement to be published in at least a decade.
stinking lake traveled was up the river on which they lived and over to that on which the white people lived, which last they knew discharged itself into the ocean, and that this was the way which he would advise me to travel if I was determined to proceed to the ocean, but he would advise me to put off the journey until the next spring, when he would conduct me. I thanked him for his information and advice and gave him a knife, with which he appeared to be much gratified. From this narrative I
on the bank of the river just below. They had emigrated to that place from the lower part of Pennsylvania and had contracted the disorder since their residence on the Ohio. The fever and ague and bilious fevers here commence their baneful oppression and continue through the whole course of the river with increasing violence as you approach its mouth [Lewis is talking here about one disease, malaria, which was common even in New York in the nineteenth century]. Saw many squirrels this day swimming
the same side opposite the sepulcher rock [this rock was the small island the captains noted coming down the Columbia in the fall where there were a number of Indian burials]. This village can raise about a hundred fighting men; they call themselves Smack-shops. They do not differ in any respect from the village below. Many of them visited our camp this evening and remained with us until we went to bed. They then left us and retired to their quarters. April 15, 1806, Tuesday [Lewis] We
flesh secured and divided. As the winds were unfavorable the greater part of the day we only descended 49 miles and encamped a short distance above Hay Cabin Creek. We are not tormented by the mosquitoes in this lower portion of the river as we were above the River Platte and as high up as the Yellowstone and for a few miles up that river, and above its entrance into the Missouri. We passed some of the most charming bottomlands today and the uplands by no means bad, all well timbered. The
the Missouri’s points. If all the timber which is on the White Stone River was on 100 acres it would not be thickly timbered. The soil of the plains is delightful. Great numbers of birds are seen in the plains, such as blackbirds, wrens, or prairie bird, a kind of lark about the size of a partridge with a short tail. [It is unclear what bird Clark means by this reference.] The boat under the command of Sgt. Pryor proceeded on in our absence (after jerking the elk I killed yesterday) six miles