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Titre : Lewis and Clark Trail Maps Vol. I : A ...
Éditeur : Washington State University Press, Pullman, WA, U.S.A.
Date d'édition : 2000
Reliure : Spiral-bound Paperback
Etat du livre : Very Good-
Edition : First Thus
Slightly shelfworn with cover crease/ curled tips. Text unmarked. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 0307778
Synopsis : During the Corps of Discovery's 1804-06 trek, Captain William Clark suveyed the expedition's traverse to the Pacific Ocean and back. Clark assumed that this information would be converted to maps soon after the journey's completion. For various reasons this did not occur and for nearly two centuries Clark's invaluable data remained untapped in the expedition's annals.
Now, for the first time, the cartographic reconstruction that Clark expected has been rendered. By using the daily measurements and notes in Clark's journals, as well as other sources, Plamondon has created maps depicting the Corps' route on the Missouri River from Illinois to North Dakota. This first volume includes 153 full-page maps.
In addition to presenting key geographic and historic features, the maps compare the modern beds of streams to their courses at the time of exploration. The contrast is striking between what Lewis and Clark saw and what we see today. The ever meandering Missouri River, in particular, has changed its channel hundreds of times since the expedition fought its currents. Even Clark commented on the return trip of 1806 that some sections of the river were barely recognizable compared to when they passed by two years earlier. Modern America likewise has wrought great change.
Of further interest are the many excerpts from the expedition diaries and an insightful essay on frontier surveying.
Note de l'éditeur: Other maps of the Lewis and Clark trail have been published but they are based on Clark's sketches. Plamondon's maps are the only ones based on Clark's actual measurements.
Volume I covers the Missouri River between Camp River Dubois (Illinois) and Fort Mandan (North Dakota), outbound in 1804 and return in 1806.
Volume II, due for publication in November, 2001, will cover beyond Fort Mandan (North Dakota/Montana) to the Continental Divide and Snake River (Idaho/Washington), outbound in 1805 and return in 1806.
Volume III will cover from the mouth of the Snake River to the coast and the route back east that was different from the outbound route.
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