The Journals of the Lewis & Clark Expedition - Vol. 11

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Chapter Fifty-Seven
Great Falls of the Missouri

April 7-July 14, 1805

Sunday April 7th This day we had fair weather,-- in the morning the Rick a Rees chief1 came to the Fort, on a Visit to our Officers; he informed them, that the Chiefs of their Nation, was ready to descend the River in our boat, in Order to pay a Visit to the President of the United States. At half past 4 o'Clock P. M; we all embark'd, in our large Canoes and left Fort Mandan, on our way for the Pacific Ocean.-- The boat sett off, Under the command of Corporal Warfington with a Command2 on board for Saint Louis at same time on board of which was sent the deserter Read we proceeded on and encamped,3 on the North side of the Mesouri River, opposite to the first Village of the Mandan Nation.--

This Village lies on the South side of the River and contains 300 Lodges. the land adjoining it is Priaries, which gradually rise from the River, the Soil is very rich, producing Indian Corn, pumpkins, Squashes & beans in abundance

The Natives have large fields, which they cultivate and which produces plentifully, They have likewise Gardens, which they plant & have several kinds of Garden Vegetables in it, such as Lettuce, Mustard &ca they have likewise growing in their Gardens, Gooseberrys, 4 which is superior in Size, to any in the United States & Currants of different kinds.-- They are in gen-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Editorial Procedures ix
  • Introduction to Volume 11 xi
  • Chapter Fifty-Five - Up the Missouri 1
  • Chapter Fifty-Six - Winter at the Knife River 85
  • Chapter Fifty-Seven - Great Falls of the Missouri 132
  • Chapter Fifty-Eight - Across the Rockies 227
  • Chapter Fifty-Nine - Winter on the Coast 348
  • Sources Cited 441
  • Index 443
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