Across America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Discovery by Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman

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They would eat a hasty breakfast, strike their tents, and be on the river soon after. On most days that they were traveling, Clark would stay with the boats, while Lewis usually roamed the shore on foot. ” Sometimes a back eddy in the river’s current would carry them upstream, while the men rested from their efforts. But usually their progress came at the expense of hard human labor: rowing, poling, or even getting out and pulling the boats upstream with towropes, while the Missouri’s fast-flowing waters tried to sweep them back down the river to St.

The two officers agreed they would make no mention of Preparing the Way the difference in rank to their men, and throughout the expedition Lewis referred to Clark as “Captain Clark,” as most historians have done ever since. There was more last-minute packing to do. Clark took the loaded keelboat out onto the Mississippi on a test cruise. The men were issued ammunition for their weapons: 100 rounds each for the men carrying rifles, two pounds of buckshot for the men carrying Q 37 muskets. Finally, on May 14, 1804, it was time to go.

Territory until he crossed over the Rockies. On July 5 Lewis left Washington heading westward. Before he left, he wrote a good-bye letter to his mother in Virginia: “[M]y absence will probably be equal to fifteen or eighteen months,” he told her. “[T]he nature of this expedition is by no means dangerous. . ” Lewis’s estimate of the trip’s dangers On April 30, 1803, the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, doubling its size. The cost per acre averaged only four cents. Lewis and Clark were the first American citizens to cross the new territory.

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