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Beyond the Stony MountainsFollowing in the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark$
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Daniel B. Botkin

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162431

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162431.001.0001

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A PARTIALLY SETTLED LANDSCAPE

A PARTIALLY SETTLED LANDSCAPE

Lewis and Clark near St. Louis

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(p.1) 1 A PARTIALLY SETTLED LANDSCAPE
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Beyond the Stony Mountains
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Daniel B. Botkin

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162431.003.0001

This chapter looks at the preparations made by Lewis and Clark for their expedition. Before the journey began, they camped at the mouth of the Dubois River just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis on the Illinois side. There they built a fortified camp — a group of buildings that they named for the river, Camp Dubois (literally Camp Woods). Here, they planned the expedition, sought those with maps and knowledge of the western country, hired men, and gathered supplies. Clark's discovery of Indian mounds, the influence of European ideas and mythologies about nature on them, and the planning and executing of the expedition are discussed.

Keywords:   Lewis, Clark, expedition, Dubois River, St. Louis, Indian mounds, nature

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