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Into the Wilderness

The Lewis and Clark Expedition

James J. Holmberg

Publication Year: 2013

"When Thomas Jefferson sent a team of explorers to discover a way to the Pacific Ocean two hundred years ago, the western border of the United States was the Mississippi River. It was Jefferson's dream to uncover the mysteries of the distant lands beyond. In 1803, the president sent a team of thirty men, lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, up the Missouri River, across the Rocky Mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific, and back home again. During this monumental, two-and-a-half-year expedition, Lewis and Clark gathered samples of plants, animals, and Indian crafts. Into the Wilderness describes the difficult yet successful journey that made these men the celebrated heroes they are today. James J. Holmberg, curator of special collections at the Filson Historical Society, is the author of Dear Brother: Letters of William Clark to Jonathan Clark.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Series: New Books for New Readers


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pp. c-c

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-ii


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pp. iii-iii

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pp. iv-iv

This book is published as Kentucky joins the rest of the country in commemorating the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Pacific Ocean, an astonishing journey that shaped our nation. This tale is a Kentucky story as well, for Kentucky was the West in Readers because Kentucky's adult literacy students want books that ...

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pp. v-v

It was my pleasure to work with a number of people and institutions in writing Into the Wilderness. It is a better book because of their assistance and I thank them. This book never would have come about Kentucky's connection to it and recruited me to write about the adventure. Series editor Dr. Phyllis MacAdam was a pleasure to work ...


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pp. vi-vi

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pp. 1-2

Two hundred years ago the United States was a young nation. Its western border was the Mississippi River. Most Americans lived east of the Appalachian Mountains. The country west of the Mississippi was a mystery. What was out there? What was ...

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1 Thomas Jefferson's Dream

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pp. 3-9

Thomas Jefferson had a dream. As a boy in the 1750s, he lived with his family near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. At the time, that was as far west as most American colonists lived. Beyond lay an unknown land. He wondered what the land to the...

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2 Down the Ohio

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pp. 10-18

While his letter to William Clark made its way west toward The Falls of the Ohio, Meriwether Lewis headed to Pittsburgh. The weather was warm and dry, and the young explorer made good time on the dusty roads. On the afternoon of July 15, Lewis...

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3 Up the Missouri

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pp. 19-30

On May 14, 1804, the expedition left Camp Dubois. William Clark recorded the event in his journal. "I set out at 4 O'Clock P.M., in the presence of many of the neighboring inhabitants, and proceeded on under a gentle breeze up the Missouri," he ...

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4 To the Pacific

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pp. 31-40

When Lewis and Clark left Fort Mandan they had only a general understanding of what lay ahead of them. They had gotten as much information as possible from the Indians during the winter. From what they had learned, and from maps and ...

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5 Homeward Bound

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pp. 41-48

The explorers were so eager to start for home that they left Fort Clatsop a month too early. In late March 1806 they left their winter home and started up the Columbia. They continued to keep journals, draw maps, and collect samples, but they also...

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6 Life after the Expedition

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pp. 49-55

The Lewis and Clark Expedition had been the biggest event in the lives of its members. Most of the explorers were still fairly young, in their 20s and 30s. Sacagawea wasn't even 20 years old yet. And little Jean Baptiste wasn't even two. What did the...

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pp. 56-56

E-ISBN-13: 9780813144047
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813109138

Page Count: 64
Publication Year: 2013

Series Title: New Books for New Readers
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OCLC Number: 842900965
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  • Lewis and Clark Expedition -- (1804-1806).
  • West (U.S.) -- Discovery and exploration.
  • West (U.S.) -- Description and travel.
  • Readers for new literates.
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