By Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a systematic excursion to discover the newly obtained Louisiana buy. The target was once to profit extra in regards to the Northwest's usual assets, population, and percentages for payment. The Lewis and Clark day trip was once the second one recorded transcontinental crossing of North the USA north of Mexico through white americans. Their trip was once major in that the 1st exact maps of the realm have been produced, there has been a greater figuring out of the Northwest's ordinary assets, and so they tested pleasant family 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 bolstered the nation's declare to the world. The assurance comprises: Thomas Jefferson's aid of the day trip as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with accumulating suggestion and buying offers; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and antagonistic; the animals they encountered; the function performed through Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tricky trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.
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The captains’ prolonged absences did not help the camp’s disciplinary problems. indd 31 8/24/09 3:11:55 PM 32 ACROSS AMERICA men may have resented the fact that their oﬃcers were getting to spend the winter enjoying the comforts of St. Louis, while they were stuck out in the woods, in freezing temperatures, with nothing to look forward to beyond their evening ration of whiskey. At times it seemed as if mutiny threatened the success of the expedition. Reuben Field refused to take his turn at guard duty, and other soldiers loudly and belligerently took his side.
Sergeant Charles Floyd had not been feeling well for several weeks. ” Clark stayed up most of that night with Floyd, ministering to him as best he could. The following day, he had sad news to record in his journal: “Sgt. Floyd died with a great deal of composure; before his death he Said to me, ‘I am going away. ’” Floyd’s “bilious colic” was in all likelihood a ruptured appendix, a condition that was untreatable in the early nineteenth century, even by skilled doctors. ” He was just 22 years old when he died.
S. ” The side shown above is the profile portrait of Thomas Jefferson. The other side has clasped hands and a crossed tomahawk and peace pipe. The Jefferson peace medal was the first to carry the image of an American president. sent him a bundle of clothing, an American ﬂag, and a Jeﬀerson peace medal (a small medallion, specially produced for the expedition, which showed Thomas Jeﬀerson’s likeness on one side, and two clasped hands superimposed on the words “Peace and Friendship” on the other).
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