First across the Continent: The Story of the Exploring Expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1803-4-5

First across the Continent: The Story of the Exploring Expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1803-4-5

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First across the Continent: The Story of the Exploring Expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1803-4-5

First across the Continent: The Story of the Exploring Expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1803-4-5

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The story of the expedition of Lewis and Clark is one of surpassing interest. These men, with their faithful followers, were the first white men who crossed the continent of North America between the regions occupied by the Spanish and those of the people of English descent. They were the first to explore the valleys of the Upper Missouri, the Yellowstone, and the Columbia and its tributaries. Many of the red men who inhabited those pathless wildernesses looked for the first time on pale-faces when they saw these adventurous discoverers.

The narrative of this expedition, official and personal, has lived through many vicissitudes. Taking no account of the messages to Congress, sent in by President Jefferson and giving some account of the doings of Lewis and Clark (and subsequently used as a basis for other and apocryphal publications), the first authoritative narrative of the expedition was not published until 1814, although the expedition occupied parts of the years 1804-5-6, and the public demand for the story, both in this country and in Europe, had already stimulated the production of many versions, more or less fraudulent and imperfect. The tale of trials and disappointments attending the first publi-

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