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By Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a systematic excursion to discover the newly got Louisiana buy. The aim used to be to profit extra in regards to the Northwest's usual assets, population, and percentages for cost. The Lewis and Clark excursion used to be the second one recorded transcontinental crossing of North the US north of Mexico through white americans. Their trip used to be major in that the 1st exact maps of the realm have been produced, there has been a greater realizing of the Northwest's common assets, they usually validated pleasant kin with American Indians. even supposing 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 aid of the excursion as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with amassing recommendation and buying provides; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and opposed; the animals they encountered; the position performed via Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tricky trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.

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Though buffalo hunters, they also maintained some semi-permanent villages. They were used to white traders coming up the Missouri and gave Lewis and Clark a friendly reception. indd 43 8/24/09 3:12:06 PM 44  ACROSS AMERICA Pierre Dorion, a French trader who had been traveling upriver with the expedition since June, acted as translator. The captains explained that they came not as traders but as explorers. The chiefs were pleased about the promise of the trade that would soon come their way from St.

Clark killed a buffalo and four deer while walking alone along the shore on April 21. That same day, Lewis and a group of men killed three deer, two beavers, and four buffalo calves. The young buffalo, Lewis noted, were “very delicious . . ” He also wrote approvingly of the taste of beaver tail and beaver liver. The men killed for food, not for sport, and little went to waste. To feed the 33 members of the expedition, the hunters needed to bring in four deer or antelope or one buffalo every day.

Louis, Lewis and Clark were also able to obtain copies of maps drawn by James Mackay and John Evans, who had explored the Missouri as far as villages of the Mandan Indians in the 1790s on behalf of a Spanish-chartered fur-trading company. Although neither Evans or Mackay had traveled west of the Mandan villages, their maps provided useful details about that region, such as the location of the mouth of the Yellowstone River, as well as the location of a great falls along the Missouri. Their maps also suggested that the Rockies might prove a more formidable barrier than the single-ridge line usually depicted.

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