In the spring of 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on a voyage launched by President Thomas Jefferson. Their mission was to explore the wilderness between the Missouri River and the Pacific coast, paving a path for an infant nation ravenous for land. Traversing a territory that has since become ten states, this small band of men and a Shoshone woman marveled at nature more vast and pure than they ever could have envisioned and withstood dangers closer to death than they ever could have foreseen.
This volume contains the colorful daily record of their epic trek, which was to etch their names in the annals of American history for time immemorial. Countless storytellers since have retold the perilous saga of that great Northwest expedition. But The Journals of Lewis and Clark, written by the explorers themselves, remains the most vivid.