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On the River with Lewis and Clark (Environmental History Series #19)by Verne Huser
Synopses & Reviews
On their remarkable journey across the North American continent, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's "Corps of Discovery" traveled almost ten thousand miles, about nine thousand of them on rivers — the Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, Jefferson, Beaverhead, Clearwater, Snake, Columbia, and Yellowstone — or their associated forks, creeks, and tributaries.
With an expert's eye, Verne Huser tells us what it was like to mount and carry out such an expedition. From the construction of the boats in 1803 to the negotiation of the last miles home three years later, the explorers were tied inextricably to the river systems that carried them west into uncharted territory and back again. From the Ohio River to the Columbia, they rowed, paddled, pulled, poled, sailed, and portaged their way into history — mapping, collecting, and recording a country's first glimpse of its Western wealth.
Huser has canoed, rafted, or cruised much of the expedition's route. He brings to the famous story his knowledge of the "ways of wind and water," giving readers a rare, first-hand look at the benefits and hazards of river travel as they might have been experienced by the thirty-three explorers — some boatmen, some not — on the river with Lewis and Clark.
"Sandbars and sweepers, winds and rapids, thole pins and rudders, poling and portaging become real in Verne Huser's skilled hands." Roderick Nash, University of California, Santa Barbara
"Built on years of first-hand river experience and careful historical research, On the River with Lewis and Clark fills a major gap in expedition literature." James P. Ronda, University of Tulsa
"[A] trove of background knowledge, reference points and insight, from a veteran riverman. Huser gives the odyssey a whole new dimension: Lewis and Clark had to be sailors as well as soldiers." James Alexander Thom, author of From Sea to Shining Sea and Sign Talker
About the Author
Verne Huser has been a river guide for more than forty years and is the author of seven books on rivers and river recreation, including Rivers of Texas, published by Texas A&M University Press in 2000. A retired English teacher who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Huser has also worked as an archivist, a national park ranger and naturalist, and an environmental mediator. He is a member of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.
Table of Contents
Ch. 1 The Ways of Wind and Water 3
Ch. 2 The Travelers 14
Ch. 3 The Benefits and Hazards of River Travel 28
Ch. 4 The Crafts 50
Ch. 5 The Rivers They Traveled 75
Ch. 6 Traveling Upstream and Down 109
Ch. 7 River Incidents 134
Ch. 8 Off the River 148
Conclusion: The Impact of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 167
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