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The Resource Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose

Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose

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Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
Title
Undaunted courage
Title remainder
Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
Statement of responsibility
Stephen E. Ambrose
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Though primarily a biography of Meriwether Lewis, this book also provides fascinating sketches of Thomas Jefferson, William Clark, Sacagawea, & other contemporaries. From the bestselling author of the definitive book on D-Day comes the definitive book on 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 was the perfect choice. He endured incredible hardships and saw incredible sights, including vast herds of buffalo and Indian tribes that had had no previous contact with white men. He 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 colorful and realistic backdrop for the expedition. Lewis saw the North American continent before any other white man; Ambrose describes in detail native peoples, weather, landscape, science, everything the expedition encountered along the way, through Lewis's eyes. 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 Jefferson's. 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. This is a book about a hero. This is a book about national unity. But it is also a tragedy. When Lewis returned to Washington in the fall of 1806, he was a national hero. But for Lewis, the expedition was a failure. Jefferson had hoped to find an all-water route to the Pacific with a short hop over the Rockies-Lewis discovered there was no such passage. Jefferson hoped the Louisiana Purchase would provide endless land to support farming-but Lewis discovered that the Great Plains were too dry. Jefferson hoped there was a river flowing from Canada into the Missouri-but Lewis reported there was no such river, and thus no U.S. claim to the Canadian prairie. Lewis discovered the Plains Indians were hostile and would block settlement and trade up the Missouri. Lewis took to drink, engaged in land speculation, piled up debts he could not pay, made jealous political enemies, and suffered severe depression. 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
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ambrose, Stephen E
Dewey number
917.804/2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F592.7
LC item number
.A49 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lewis, Meriwether
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Clark, William
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Explorers
  • Clark, William
  • Clark, William
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Lewis, Meriwether
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-1806)
  • Ontdekkingsreizen
  • Lewis and Clark expedition (1804-1806)
  • Explorateurs
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • États-Unis (ouest)
Label
Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 493-496) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33044492
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
511 pages
Isbn
9780684811079
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
95037146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33044492
  • (OCoLC)33044492
Label
Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West, Stephen E. Ambrose
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 493-496) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33044492
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
511 pages
Isbn
9780684811079
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
95037146
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33044492
  • (OCoLC)33044492

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