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A Road Through the Wilderness

Daniel B. Botkin

in Our Natural History

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195168297
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199790050 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168297.003.0001
 A Road Through the Wilderness

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This chapter begins with a brief overview of the expedition of the Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, which lasted a total of 863 days (approximately two years and four months) from May 14, 1804, to September 23, 1806. The preparations for their journey, including the selection of their crew and equipment; their efforts to find a way back across the Rocky Mountains to return home after more than two years travel; and lessons about the environment taught by Lewis and Clark's experiences in the high mountains are discussed. It is argued that with Lewis and Clark as guides, we can learn much about the environment of our past, our environment today, and what our environment might be like in the future.

Keywords: Meriwether Lewis; William Clark; expedition; Rocky Mountains; environment

Chapter.  5367 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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