In The Footsteps Of Lewis And Clark Essay

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In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark

The book I have just read, "In the Footsteps of Lewis and Clark", is mainly about a man named Richard, his wife Arlette, and his two children Michele, 6, and Daniel, 4, who follow in almost the exact footsteps of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. While the book talks about the family’s expedition it also, mainly, tells about the Lewis and Clark expedition and the history of it.
Meriwether Lewis was born August 18th, 1774 near Charlottesville, Virginia. William Clark was born August 1st, 1770 in Virginia as well. Some people believe that the boys may have played together as children, but this is only a myth. When their lives did join, their names became inseparable as partners of discovery.
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It is said that she was one of the most important reasons the expedition survived. Most of the Indian tribes did not think this a military expedition because a woman and her child, Pompy, who she gave birth to on February 11, 1804, accompanied the group. She knew many secrets of the Indian culture, had knowledge about their medicine and knew local plants and animals foreign to the Easterners.
While traveling, the captains and four other men kept diaries where they described nature, the weather, the atmosphere on the boat or the results of their hunting. On their hunting tours, many interesting animals were seen, for example the channel catfish, the cutthroat trout, the prairie rattler and more. Some of them were given names by the expedition itself: The group killed many animals while traveling, which was easy because the animals had little fear of humans. Clark was the first man to kill a prairie wolf and a pronghorn, but Lewis was the first man to kill a grizzly bear. On August 3rd, 1804 the captains meet a group of Oto and Missouri Indians. As a sign of friendship they handed out peace medals, with Jefferson on one side and two clasping hands on the other, 15 star flags, flour, roasted meat, pork and more. The meeting ceremony with Indian tribes became a ritual, where the captains explained to the Indian chiefs that they now belonged to the USA, and that they would be taken care of by the

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