America's great epic of exploration, the journey of Lewis and Clark, was also one of the most successful scientific expeditions in history. In notebooks filled with vivid descriptions of rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, Native Americans, and wildlife, Lewis and Clark gave the world an image of wild country that has rarely been equaled.
This book contains the most complete listing of the plant specimens cataloged by the Lewis and Clark expedition. All but one of the plants were collected by Meriwether Lewis, the most skilled botanist among the expedition's members.
Two hundred years ago Lewis and Clark, two men shaped by Jefferson's Enlightenment ideas, encountered an Indian world they only partly understood. Their discoveries and the artifacts from their journey reveal the contrasts, similarities, and creative exchange of ideas that occurred when different worlds met each other face-to-face.
Includes indexes of all animals and plants referred to in the journals of Lewis and Clark, giving the currently accepted scientific names, the generally accepted common names, and the names or descriptive appellations used by the explorers.
On their journey westward, Lewis and Clark demonstrated an amazing ability to identify the new plants and animals they encountered, and their observations enriched science's understanding of the trans-Mississippi West.
Beginning in St. Louis, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis navigated up the Missouri River and through the prairies, reaching the summit of the Rocky Mountains and then following the Columbia River to their final destination, the Pacific Ocean. Trained in natural history and in the methods of collecting plant and animal samples, they carefully and meticulously recorded the conditions of the rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, and wildlife of pre-industrial America.