Synopses & Reviews
Many aspects of the Corps of Discovery's epic journey across the United States and back are well known- how President Thomas Jefferson gave a mandate to Meriwether Lewis in 1803 to explore the continent from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean; how Lewis chose his good friend William Clark to be his companion in leadership; how Sacagawea, a young Native American mother with a newborn child, joined the expedition by chance and was instrumental to its success; how everyone had long since assumed the explorers were dead by the time they retuned in the fall of 1806. But do you know the whole story?
It Happened on the Lewis and Clark Expedition gives readers inside information on the Corps of Discovery's awesome feats and accomplishments as they traveled into the unknown and mapped a route across the vast western territory of the United States.
Did you know that the expedition had a deserter during its early days? That before the arrival of Lewis and a band of men, the Shoshone had never seen whites: or that Seaman, the giant Newfoundland who was part of the team and an honored pet, made it all the way to the Pacific and back?
Enjoy these stories and more as author Erin H. Turner, in an easy-to-read style that is entertaining and informative, recounts captivating moments from our nation's early history.
Author Erin H. Turner brings to light 44 fascinating events from Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's 1804-1806 expedition from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back, including the first democratic vote west of the Mississippi, the remarkable and unexpected reunion of their Indian guide Sacagawea with the clan brother she hadn't seen in years, the day they found a huge whale on the beach, and their discovery of Carolina parakeets--a now extinct species--west of the Mississippi.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-110) and index.
About the Author
Erin H. Turner
is a writer and editor living in Helena, Montana. She has a degree in history and gender and women's studies from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and has traveled extensively throughout the West.