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Our Natural History

Daniel Botkin

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168297
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168297.001.0001

Series: Techniques in Ecology & Conservation

Our Natural History

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The Lewis and Clark expedition was commissioned in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson and lasted twenty-eight months. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark began in St. Louis and navigated up the Missouri River, through the prairies, enduring a winter with the Mandan Indians in North Dakota. They reached the summit of the Rocky Mountains and then followed the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. Trained in natural history and in methods of collecting plant and animal samples, Lewis and Clark meticulously recorded the conditions of the rivers, prairies, forests, mountains, and wildlife of pre-industrial America. This book, written by a botanist and naturalist, re-creates Lewis and Clark's journey. By retracing their steps, the book outlines what this western landscape looked like and how much it has been changed by modern civilization and technology.

Keywords: Lewis; Clark; expedition; Jefferson; Mandan Indians; natural history; pre-industrial America; environment; American West

Book.  328 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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A Road Through the Wilderness in Our Natural History

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Meanders in Our Natural History

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Wet and Dry Mud in Our Natural History

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A Measured Journey in Our Natural History

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Through the Mountains in Our Natural History

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Down the Columbia in Our Natural History

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