Encyclopedia of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Facts on File Library of American History)

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A comprehensive A-to-Z reference to mark the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition. On November 30th, 1803, France formally transferred 828,000 square miles to the United States in exchange for $15 million. This land, the Louisiana Purchase, doubled the size of the nation. While negotiations for this deal had been going on, Thomas Jefferson had already begun thinking about a transcontinental expedition to explore the lands west of the Mississippi. Besides the commercial and scientific benefits of such an exploration, there was the issue of asserting America's sovereignty over the new territory. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were hired to undertake this journey. The Corps of Discovery, as the group is often referred to, kept detailed journals on the flora and fauna they observed, and members of their team were also the first non-Indians to make contact with a number of tribes. Sacagawea, the Shoshone wife of French-Canadian trapper Toussaint Charbonneau, served as their guide and interpreter for much of the trip. This book provides a complete reference to this great American expedition, covering all major elements from the preparatory work initiated by President Thomas Jefferson in 1801 to the corps's return from the Pacific Ocean in 1806.

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Elin Woodger is a writer-editor whose work has entailed everything from assisting authors in writing and preparing manuscripts for publication to copyediting and proofreading for book packagers and publishers. Book to which she has made significant contributions include The Encyclopedia of Cold War Politics by Brandon Toropov, from Facts On File. She is also a co-editor of Plum Lines, the quarterly journal of The Wodehouse Society. Brandon Toropov is a Boston-based writer and author of more than a dozen books, including The Encyclopedia of Cold War Politics, from Facts On File. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University and graduated cum laude with highest honors. He is a former editor and the author of the plays An Undivided Heart and Seven Affidavits on Authority.

Brandon Toropov is the former editor-in-chief of Bob Adams and a Beatles fan par excellence. He lives in Middleton, MA.

Ned Blackhawk is Professor of History, Yale University.

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This encyclopedia attempts to cover every aspect of Lewis and Clark's transcontinental journey, including the plants, animals, people, and places they encountered. Entries are alphabetical and range from topics like dogs to Indian guides to navigation to Sex during the expedition. Each entry includes extensive cross-references and is followed by sources for further reading, many of which are available on the Web. Adding variety are the numerous illustrations and images, which aid in visualizing the events, people, and places of the famous expedition. Portraits of the two men are included, and some painted scenes show more than any written entry could--an Indian chief trying to rub the blackness off of York, Clark's slave, for example. Not to be overlooked are the myriad maps tracing the circuitous routes of the expedition. Many of these are included in a helpful 22-page chronology at the start of the volume; the rest are in an appendix.

The encyclopedia also includes an introduction (with cross-references) that distills the entire undertaking down to less than 10 pages. A list of Native American tribes encountered and a useful 16-page bibliography are also provided. The bibliography contains books, journal articles, and Web sites and is divided into sections such as "Biographical Information"; "Campsites, Route, and Trails"; and "Journals and Letters." A list of entries by subject further aids the user. Overall, this is an excellent resource, clearly organized and well written. A user can dip into it at any point and begin an education in one of the most intriguing and extraordinary achievements in American history. Recommended for high-school, public, and undergraduate libraries. RBB
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