Lewis and clark expedition book

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lewis and clark expedition book

The Lewis & Clark Expedition by Teresa Domnauer | Scholastic

Kids love adventure stories, so teaching about the Lewis and Clark expedition can be a lot of fun! This topic is usually part of an American Frontier unit, so its air of adventure and discovery is great for setting the tone for the whole unit. Below are some of the best children's books depicting the Lewis and Clark expedition from a variety of vantage points--like a dog, a Native American, an African American slave, a young boy who desperately wanted to join Many are teacher tested. Try them out in your next history unit!
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Lewis And Clark And Me

The expedition of Lewis and Clark is more than just an adventure. The historic journey is thrilling to consider, even two centuries later.

What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?

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Little was known about North America west of the Mississippi river at the beginning of the s. It was known that the Missouri River flowed east, merging with the Mississippi en-route to the Gulf of Mexico, while the Columbia flowed west from a similar latitude as the Missouri and spilled into the Pacific Ocean. It was hoped that there might be a navigable water route with a low portage connecting these two rivers to facilitate commerce across the continent. It was believed that any mountains at the headwaters between the two rivers would be gentle mountains like the Appalachians of the east, easy to portage across. It was also believed that there might be mastodons roaming the west, or perhaps a tribe of Indians of Welch descent, based on English mythology. In short, nobody knew what was out west two hundred years ago, except the Native Americans who lived there.

On December 2, , in his State of the Union address, Thomas Jefferson formally announced the return of the Lewis and Clark expedition from their historic transcontinental journey from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Their contribution to geography and science was immense. Lewis committed suicide in Clark went on to serve in various army posts and as a superintendent of Indian affairs. When he died in , the Corps of Discovery was a fading memory. Lewis and Clark got five sentences. There had been an initial flurry of interest in the expedition after the men returned.

Look Inside. Which of these facts are true? A group of young explorers—including one brave Native American girl—made up the expedition It was a dangerous journey across unknown land in the American West It was a real-life adventure story. Louis, Missouri, on May 21, , their mission was to explore the vast, unknown territory acquired a year earlier in the Louisiana Purchase. The travelers hoped to find a waterway that crossed the western half of the United States.


  1. Annett S. says:

    For such an iconic American subject, the literature of the Lewis and Clark expedition is surprisingly sparse, probably because the journals themselves, until the Moulton edition made them widely available, were so difficult to find in a complete authoritative form.

  2. Sirio A. says:

    Which Lewis & Clark books have you read?

  3. Bracniwoltu says:

    For such an iconic American subject, the literature of the Lewis and Clark expedition is surprisingly sparse, probably because the journals themselves, until the.

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