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    Description"Unduanted Courage" is the story of a heroic and legendary man, and the saga of a great nation creating itself. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson chose Captain Meriwether Lewis to lead the first government-backed exploration of the vast and unknown western territory of what would become part of the United States. Lewis was the perfect choice.

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    Undaunted Courage
    Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen E Ambrose
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 512
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 816 g
    ISBN 13: 9780684811079
    ISBN 10: 0684811073

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/19CNTY
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/WESTRN
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15590
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ERLY18
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HS
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100, HIS010000
    Libri: I-HS
    B&T Approval Code: A16280000, A16140000
    DC22: 917.8042
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    DC22: 917.804/2
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036040, HIS051000
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS036060
    LC classification: F592.7 .A49 1996
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    Publication date
    01 March 1996
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Review quote
    DAYTON DUNCAN Author of "Out West" "Stephen Ambrose had combined his considerable taslents as an historian with his personal enthusiasm for the Lewis and Clark expedition to bring to life one of America's greatest-and most enigmatic-explorers. "Undaunted Courage" puts you in Meriwether Lewis's moccasins, all the way across the great American West."
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    In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River to the Rockies, over the mountains, down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and back. Lewis was the perfect choice. He endured incredible hardships and saw incredible sights, including vast herds of buffalo and Indian tribes that had had no previous contact with white men. He and his partner, Captain William Clark, made the first map of the trans-Mississippi West, provided invaluable scientific data on the flora and fauna of the Louisiana Purchase territory, and established the American claim to Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Ambrose has pieced together previously unknown information about weather, terrain, and medical knowledge at the time to provide a colorful and realistic backdrop for the expedition. Lewis saw the North American continent before any other white man; Ambrose describes in detail native peoples, weather, landscape, science, everything the expedition encountered along the way, through Lewis's eyes. Lewis is supported by a rich variety of colorful characters, first of all Jefferson himself, whose interest in exploring and acquiring the American West went back thirty years. Next comes Clark, a rugged frontiersman whose love for Lewis matched Jefferson's. There are numerous Indian chiefs, and Sacagawea, the Indian girl who accompanied the expedition, along with the French-Indian hunter Drouillard, the great naturalists of Philadelphia, the French and Spanish fur traders of St. Louis, John Quincy Adams, and many more leading political, scientific, and military figures of the turn of the century. This is a book about a hero. This is abook about national unity. But it is also a tragedy. When Lewis returned to Washington in the fall of 1806, he was a national hero. But for Lewis, the expedition was a failure. Jefferson had hoped to find an all-water route to the Pacific with a short hop over the Rockies - Lewis discovered there was no such passage. Jefferson hoped the Louisiana Purchase would provide endless land to support farming - but Lewis discovered that the Great Plains were too dry. Jefferson hoped there was a river flowing from Canada into the Missouri - but Lewis reported there was no such river, and thus no U.S. claim to the Canadian prairie. Lewis discovered the Plains Indians were hostile and would block settlement and trade up the Missouri. Lewis took to drink, engaged in land speculation, piled up debts he could not pay, made jealous political enemies, and suffered severe depression. High adventure, high politics, suspense, drama, and diplomacy combine with high romance and personal tragedy to make this outstanding work of scholarship as readable as a novel.