Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West


Undaunted Courage:  Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West Author Stephen Ambrose
ISBN-10 0684004542
ISBN-13 9780684004549
Year 1997-06-02
Pages 521
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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From the bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D Day the definitive book on Lewis and Clarks exploration of the Louisiana Purchase the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary Captain Meriwether Lewis to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies over the mountains down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean and back Lewis and his partner Captain William Clark made the first map of the trans Mississippi West provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory and established the American claim to Oregon Washington and Idaho Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather terrain and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters first of all Jefferson himself whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years Next comes Clark a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jeffersons There are numerous Indian chiefs and Sacagawea the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition along with the French Indian hunter Drouillard the great naturalists of Philadelphia the French and Spanish fur traders of St Louis John Quincy Adams and many more leading political scientific and military figures of the turn of the century High adventure high politics suspense drama and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel

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