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First Across the Continent The story of the exploring expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1804-5-6   By: (1830-1903)

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First Across the Continent is an intriguing and meticulously written account of the legendary Lewis and Clark expedition into the uncharted American West. Authored by Noah Brooks, this book immerses readers into the profound journeys, achievements, and tribulations faced by the famous explorers throughout their three-year odyssey.

Brooks captures the true spirit of adventure that propelled Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to venture into the wild, unknown territories of the continent. Through extensive research and insightful storytelling, he vividly portrays the immense challenges they confronted, both natural and human-induced. From treacherous river currents to hostile encounters with Native American tribes, the duo's perseverance and resourcefulness shine through their courageous pursuits.

One of the most captivating aspects of Brooks' narrative is his ability to balance historical accuracy with a gripping storytelling style. While he provides an in-depth account of the expedition's factual progression, the author also delves into the personal lives and motivations of Lewis and Clark. By exploring their backgrounds and emphasizing their leadership qualities, he successfully engages readers on a personal level, making them feel connected to these historical figures.

Moreover, First Across the Continent shines a light on the resilience and adaptability of the explorers, exploring their ability to overcome countless hardships and setbacks. Brooks accentuates the importance of their strategic alliances with various Native American tribes, showcasing the mutual exchange of knowledge and support that enabled the expedition's success. Through the author's meticulous research and attention to detail, readers gain a profound understanding of the cultural dynamics and the impact of European exploration on Native communities.

However, a minor drawback with this book is its occasional tendency towards dense descriptions, which might overwhelm readers seeking a more concise account of the journey. While the level of detail demonstrates Brooks' commitment to historical accuracy, it may deter those who prefer a faster-paced narrative. Nevertheless, for readers interested in a comprehensive exploration of the Lewis and Clark expedition, this meticulous attention to detail serves as an asset.

In conclusion, First Across the Continent by Noah Brooks offers a captivating and comprehensive account of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Through his meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and emphasis on personal narratives, Brooks brings to life the incredible achievements of these explorers. While occasionally dense, this book remains a valuable resource for anyone seeking to understand the complexity and significance of this seminal journey that shaped American history.

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The Story of The Exploring Expedition of Lewis and Clark in 1804 5 6

By Noah Brooks

Chapter I A Great Transaction in Land

The people of the young Republic of the United States were greatly astonished, in the summer of 1803, to learn that Napoleon Bonaparte, then First Consul of France, had sold to us the vast tract of land known as the country of Louisiana. The details of this purchase were arranged in Paris (on the part of the United States) by Robert R. Livingston and James Monroe. The French government was represented by Barbe Marbois, Minister of the Public Treasury.

The price to be paid for this vast domain was fifteen million dollars. The area of the country ceded was reckoned to be more than one million square miles, greater than the total area of the United States, as the Republic then existed. Roughly described, the territory comprised all that part of the continent west of the Mississippi River, bounded on the north by the British possessions and on the west and south by dominions of Spain. This included the region in which now lie the States of Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, parts of Colorado, Minnesota, the States of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, a part of Idaho, all of Montana and Territory of Oklahoma. At that time, the entire population of the region, exclusive of the Indian tribes that roamed over its trackless spaces, was barely ninety thousand persons, of whom forty thousand were negro slaves... Continue reading book >>

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