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Undaunted courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West

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In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and -- by way of the Snake and mighty Columbia -- down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West and when they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

Lewis is supported by a variety of colorful characters: Jefferson and his vision of the West; Clark, the artist and map-maker; and Lewis -- the enigma, who led brilliantly but considered the mission a failure. After suffering several periods of depression -- and despite his status as national hero -- Lewis died mysteriously, apparently by his own hand.

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9780780773998
9781439126172
9780684811079
9780684826974
9781608479832
9780743595612
Reading Level:
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Level 9, 42 Points
Lexile measure:
1190L
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display_description From the New York Times bestselling author of Band of Brothers and D-Day, the definitive book on Lewis and Clark's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, the most momentous expedition in American history and one of the great adventure stories of all time.
In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a vivid backdrop for the expedition. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson's. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century.

High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.
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subject_facet Audiobooks, Clark, William, -- 1770-1838, Explorers -- United States -- Biography, Jefferson, Thomas, -- 1743-1826, Lewis and Clark Expedition -- (1804-1806), Lewis, Meriwether, -- 1774-1809
title_display Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
title_full Undaunted Courage Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson And The Opening Of The American West, Undaunted Courage Meriwether Lewis Thomas Jefferson and the Opening, Undaunted courage : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West / Stephen E. Ambrose, Undaunted courage [sound recording] : Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West / Stephen E. Ambrose
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title_sub Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the opening of the American West
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