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Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark

Daniel Botkin


The Lewis and Clark expedition was commissioned in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson and lasted twenty-eight months. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began in St. Louis and navigated up the Missouri River, through the prairies, enduring a winter with the Mandan Indians in North Dakota. They reached the summit of the Rocky Mountains and then followed the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. Trained in natural history and in methods of collecting plant and animal samples, Lewis and Clark meticulously recorded the conditions of the rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, and wildlife of pre-industrial Ame ... More

Keywords: Lewis, Clark, expedition, Jefferson, Mandan Indians, natural history, pre-industrial America, environment, American West

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195168297
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Botkin, author
George Mason University, Fairfax VA