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By Meriwether Lewis

On the sunrise of the nineteenth century, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark launched into an unheard of trip from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and again back. Their task was once to discover the newly obtained Louisiana Territory and checklist the geography, plant life, fauna, and folks they encountered alongside the best way. the story in their impressive trip, meticulously recorded of their journals, has turn into an American classic.

This single-volume, landmark version of the recognized journals is the 1st abridgement to be released in at the very least a decade.

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At the eleventh Drouillard got here again to camp with seven French engagés; every one of these males had buying and selling event at the Missouri and knew the river. On Sunday, could thirteenth, Clark wrote the subsequent in his magazine: I dispatched an show this morning to Capt. Lewis at St. Louis. All our provisions, items and equipage on board of a ship of twenty-two oars, a wide pirogue of 7 oars, a moment pirogue of six oars, whole with sails, and so forth. , males whole with powder, cartridges and a hundred balls each one, all in future health and readiness to set out. Boats and every thing whole, with the required shops of provision and such articles of item as we notion ourselves licensed to procure—though no longer up to i believe beneficial for the multitude of Indians in which we needs to go on our street around the Continent. the following day they set out for the Pacific Ocean. FROM may well 14 TO JUNE 14, 1804 could 14, 1804, Monday [Clark] Rained the forepart of the day. i decided to head so far as St. Charles, a French village 7 leagues [21 miles] up the Missouri, and wait at that position until eventually Capt. Lewis may possibly end the company he used to be obliged to take care of at St. Louis and sign up for me by way of land. via this stream I calculated that if any changes within the loading of the vessels or different alterations have been worthwhile they may be made at St. Charles. I set out at four p. m. within the presence of some of the neighboring population, and proceeded on below a gradual breeze up the Missouri to the higher element of the 1st island 4 miles and camped at the island, that is located shut at the correct (or starboard) part and contrary the mouth of a small creek referred to as Coldwater. A heavy rain this afternoon. may perhaps 15, 1804, Tuesday [Lewis] It rained in the course of the better a part of final evening and persisted until eventually seven a. m. , and then the social gathering proceeded, handed islands and encamped at the starboard shore at Mr. Fifer’s touchdown contrary an island. The night was once reasonable. a few wild ducks with their younger have been visible this present day. The barge ran foul thrice this present day on logs, and in a single example it used to be with a lot hassle they can get her off; fortunately no harm used to be sustained, although the barge used to be numerous mins in impending possibility; this used to be attributable to her being too seriously weighted down within the stern. individuals conversant in the navigation of the Missouri, and the Mississippi additionally less than the mouth of this river, uniformly take the precaution to load their vessels heaviest within the bow after they ascend the move with a view to steer clear of the chance incident to working foul of the hid trees which lies in nice amounts within the beds of those rivers. may perhaps sixteen, 1804, Wednesday [Clark] a good morning. Set out at 5 o’clock. handed a extraordinary coal hill at the larboard aspect referred to as via the French Carbonere. This hill appears to be like to include a good volume of coal. From this hill the village of St. Charles will be noticeable seven miles far away. We arrived at St. Charles at 12 o’clock. a few spectators, French and Indians, flocked to the financial institution to work out the celebration. This village is set one mile in size, located at the north part of the Missouri on the foot of a hill from which it takes its identify, Petite Cote or the Little Hill.

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