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River of Promise: Lewis and Clark on the Columbia

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River of Promise: Lewis and Clark on the Columbia by D. L. Nicandri
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In the many published accounts of the Lewis and Clark expedition, historians have tended to undervalue the explorers' encounter with Columbia River country. Most narratives emphasize Lewis and Clark's adventures through their journey to the Bitterroot Mountains but have said little about the rest of their travels west of there.River of Promise fills a significant gap in our understanding of Lewis and Clark's legendary expedition.Historian David L. Nicandri shifts the focus to an essential goal of the explorers: to discover the headwaters of the Columbia and a water route to the Pacific Ocean. He also restores William Clark in his role as the primary geographic problem-solver of the partnership. Most historians assume that Meriwether Lewis was a more distinguished scientist than Clark because of his formal training in Philadelphia and superior writing skills. Here we see Clark as Lewis's equal as scientific geographer, not merely the practical manager of boats and personnel. Nicandri places the legend of Sacagawea in clearer perspective by focusing instead on the contributions of often-overlooked Indian leaders in Columbia River country. He also offers many points of comparison to other explorers and a provocative analysis of Lewis's suicide in 1809, arguing that it was not a sudden event but fruit of a seed planted much earlier, quite possibly in Columbia country.

Author Biography

David L. Nicandri is director of the Washington State Historical Society. He is the Executive Editor of Columbia Magazine and author of many books and articles. Clay S. Jenkinson, well known for his historical portrayals of Thomas Jefferson and Meriwether Lewis, is the editor of A Vast and Open Plain: The Writings of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in North Dakota, 1804-1806 and author of Becoming Jefferson's People: Re-inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-first Century.
Release date Australia
July 4th, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
28 b&w illustrations
Imprint
Dakota Institute
Pages
325
Dimensions
150x230x29
ISBN-13
9780982559703
Product ID
4180591

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