Lewis and Clark
A Journey up the Missouri River
In 1804, Lewis
and Clark and a band of adventurers called the Corps of
Discovery embarked on one of the great expeditions in history.
President Thomas Jefferson had purchased from France an
800,000-square-mile region called the Louisiana Territory,
which doubled the size of the United States. To find
out what wonders this land might hold, Jefferson commissioned
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the new territory.
Much of their journey was spent on the Missouri River.
Two hundred years
later, Peter Lourie, along with three friends, follows Lewis
and Clark's path up the Missouri River to see what the Corps
of Discovery might have seen. Their journey takes them from
Omaha, Nebraska, where they launch their boat during one
of the worst floods in a century, to Three Forks, Montana,
where they meet the headwaters of the Missouri River.
In between, there are dramatic sights: the Missouri Plateau,
where Lewis saw thousands of buffalo; the gravesite of Sitting
Bull, the great Hunkpapa chief; the breathtaking White Cliffs
of Montana, and much more. Through a lively text and
beautiful photographs, Peter Lourie invites us to travel
up the Missouri River and imagine what Lewis and Clark might
have seen as they ventured into this new world.