By Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Bernard DeVoto
The Journals of Lewis and Clark are "the first document at the West, at the usa over the hill and past the sundown, at the province of the yankee destiny” (Bernard DeVoto).
In 1803, the nice expanse of the Louisiana buy was once an empty canvas. Keenly conscious that the process the nation's future lay westward—and “Voyage of Discovery” will be essential to make sure the character of the frontier—President Thomas Jefferson commissioned Meriwether Lewis to steer an day trip from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and again. From 1804 to 1806, observed by way of co-captain William Clark, the Shoshone consultant Sacajawea, and thirty-two males, Lewis mapped rivers, traced the valuable waterways to the ocean, and tested the yank declare to the territories of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. jointly the captains stored this magazine: a richly special checklist of the wildlife they sighted, the local tribes they encountered, and the awe-inspiring panorama they traversed, from their base camp close to present-day St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River, that has turn into an incomparable contribution to the literature of exploration and the writing of common history.