Meriwether Lewis

Character of Meriwether Lewis Explorer in the Wilderness

Character of Meriwether Lewis Explorer in the Wilderness

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The human aspects of the famed explorer, in a revised and expanded biography

Meriwether Lewis commanded the most important exploration mission in the early history of the United States. Clay S. Jenkinson takes a fresh look at Lewis, not to offer a paper cutout hero but to describe and explain a hyperserious young man of great complexity who found the wilderness of Upper Louisiana as exacting as it was exhilarating.

Jenkinson sees Lewis as a troubled soul before he left St. Charles, Missouri, in May 1804. His experiences in lands upon which the foot of civilized man had never trodden further fractured his sense of himself. His hiring William Clark as his partner in discovery was, Jenkinson shows, the most intelligent decision he ever made. When Clark was nearby, Lewis's leadership was stable and productive. When Clark was absent and thus unable to provide a calming influence on his mercurial friend, Lewis tended to get into trouble. Jenkinson argues that if Clark had been with Lewis on the Natchez Trace, the governor of Upper Louisiana would not have killed himself. Jenkinson sees Lewis's 1809 suicide not as an inexplicable mystery, but the culmination of a series of pressures that extend back to the expedition and perhaps even earlier.

The Character of Meriwether Lewis: Explorer in the Wilderness is a revision of an earlier book, greatly expanded with new scholarship and insights gained through Jenkinson's extensive participation in the Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial. Jenkinson discusses Lewis's sense of humor, his oft-stated fear that the expedition he was leading might collapse, his self-conscious learnedness, and his inability to re-enter polite society after his return. The book attempts to reconstruct from Lewis's journal entries and letters his rich, troubled personality and his aspirations to heroism. When the American mythology surrounding him is removed and Lewis is allowed to reveal himself, he emerges as a fuller, more human, and endlessly fascinating explorer.

Lewis & Clark Coloring Book

Coloring Book Lewis & Clark

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Grab your colored pencils or crayons and color one of American History's greatest adventures with Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Sacagawea and the Corps of Discovery. Featuring the art of Ted Rechlin (Jurassic, Sharks, Montana Coloring Book), the Lewis and Clark Coloring Book is an educational comic-book-to-color coloring adventure that allows you to lend your creative talents to the expedition's amazing journey across the vast North American continent.

From the muddy waters of the Missouri River to the pristine beaches of the Pacific Northwest - and back again - learn how President Jefferson's exploratory mission led to new scientific discoveries, thrilling adventures, friendships with local tribes, and battles against the wild elements and rugged terrain.

With rich, educational text provided by Adam Brooks, this well-researched and beautifully drawn paperback is a graphic novel for the ages! The Lewis and Clark Coloring Book features the new-found wilderness, wildlife, peoples, plants, and historic moments that made this expedition such an extraordinary episode in American history.

Weapons of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Weapons of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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When Meriwether Lewis began shopping for supplies and firearms to take on the Corps of Discovery's journey west, his first stop was a federal arsenal. For the following twenty-nine months, from the time the Lewis and Clark expedition left Camp Dubois with a cannon salute in 1804 until it announced its return from the West Coast to St. Louis with a volley in 1806, weapons were a crucial component of the participants' tool kit. In Weapons of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, historian Jim Garry describes the arms and ammunition the expedition carried and the use and care those weapons received.

The Corps of Discovery's purposes were to explore the Missouri and Columbia river basins, to make scientific observations, and to contact the tribes along the way for both science and diplomacy. Throughout the trek, the travelers used their guns to procure food--they could consume around 350 pounds of meat a day--and to protect themselves from dangerous animals. Firearms were also invaluable in encounters with Indian groups, as guns were one of the most sought-after trade items in the West. As Garry notes, the explorers' willingness to demonstrate their weapons' firepower probably kept meetings with some tribes from becoming violent.

The mix of arms carried by the expedition extended beyond rifles and muskets to include pistols, knives, espontoons, a cannon, and blunderbusses. Each chapter focuses on one of the major types of weapons and weaves accounts from the expedition journals with the author's knowledge gained from field-testing the muskets and rifles he describes. Appendices tally the weapons carried and explain how the expedition's flintlocks worked.

Weapons of the Lewis and Clark Expedition integrates original research with a lively narrative. This encyclopedic reference will be invaluable to historians and weaponry aficionados.