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By Meriwether Lewis

On the sunrise of the nineteenth century, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark launched into an unparalleled trip from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and again back. Their project used to be to discover the newly obtained Louisiana Territory and list the geography, plant life, fauna, and folks they encountered alongside the best way. the story in their marvelous trip, meticulously recorded of their journals, has turn into an American classic.

This single-volume, landmark variation of the well-known journals is the 1st abridgement to be released in at the least a decade.

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This night we tested the fingers and ammunition, stumbled on the men’s fingers within the pirogue in undesirable order. a good night. Capt. Lewis close to falling from the peninsula of rocks three hundred toes, he stuck at 20 ft. might 24, 1804, Thursday [Clark] Set out early. handed a really undesirable a part of the river referred to as the Devil’s Race floor. this is often the place the present units opposed to a few projecting rocks for half of 1 mile at the larboard facet. Above this position is the mouth of a small creek. handed a number of islands, small creeks at the starboard facet, and handed among an island and the larboard shore—a slender move. Above this island is a really undesirable a part of the river. We tried to cross up less than the larboard financial institution, which was once falling in so quickly that the glaring threat obliged us to move among the starboard facet and a sandbar in the course of the river. We hove up close to the top of the sandbar; the sand relocating and backing triggered us to run at the sand. The swiftness of the present wheeled the boat, broke our tow rope, and was once approximately oversetting the boat. All palms jumped out at the higher aspect and bore on that part until eventually the sand washed from lower than the boat. It wheeled at the subsequent financial institution; by the point she wheeled a 3rd time we obtained a rope speedy to her stern and by means of the technique of swimmers it used to be carried to shore. We again to the island the place we set out and ascended lower than the financial institution, which i've got simply pointed out as falling in. right here George Drouillard and Willard, of our males who left us at St. Charles to come back on via land, joined us. We camped approximately 1 mile above the place we have been so approximately being misplaced, at the larboard aspect at a plantation. All in spirits. This position I name the retrograde bend as we have been obliged to fall again miles. may possibly 25, 1804, Friday [Clark] Rain final evening. The river fell numerous inches. Set out early, handed a number of islands. handed wooden River at the larboard aspect at miles. handed creek at the starboard referred to as los angeles Queur [quiver, says Thwaites] at 5 miles. handed a creek (called Rivière los angeles Poceau) at 8 miles, contrary an island at the larboard part. Camped on the mouth of a creek known as [La Charette, says Thwaites] above a small French village of 7 homes and as many households, settled at this position to be handy to seek and alternate with the Indians. [This used to be the final white cost at the Missouri. ] the following we met with M. Loisel instantly down from Cedar Island within the nation of the Sioux four hundred leagues up. He gave us a great deal of info and a few letters. He knowledgeable us that he observed no Indians at the river under the Poncas. the folks at this village are negative, homes small. They despatched us milk and eggs to devour. may well 26, 1804, Saturday [Clark] Set out at seven o’clock after a heavy bathe of rain. The wind favorable from the E. N. E. handed a wide island referred to as Buffalo Island, separated from the land by means of a small channel into which Buffalo Creek empties itself on larboard part at 3 and a part miles. handed a creek at the larboard facet referred to as Shepherd’s Creek; handed numerous islands this day.

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