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By Meriwether Lewis

In 1803, whilst the U.S. bought Louisiana from France, the nice expanse of this new American territory used to be a clean -- not just at the map yet in our wisdom. President Thomas Jefferson keenly understood that the process the nation's future lay westward and nationwide ''Voyage of Discovery'' needs to be fixed to figure out the character and accessibility of the frontier. He commissioned his younger secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to steer an intelligence-gathering excursion from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and again. From 1804 to 1806, Lewis, observed via co-captain William Clark, the Shoshone advisor Sacajawea, and thirty-two males, made the 1st trek around the Louisiana buy, mapping the rivers as he went, tracing the valuable waterways to the ocean, and constructing the yankee declare to the territories of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. jointly the captains saved a magazine, a richly exact list of the wildlife they sighted, the Indian tribes they encountered, and the awe-inspiring panorama they traversed, from their base camp close to present-day St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River. In conserving this list they made an incomparable contribution to the literature of exploration and the writing of common historical past. The Journals of Lewis and Clark, writes Bernard DeVoto, used to be ''the first record at the West, at the usa over the hill and past the sundown, at the province of the yank destiny. There hasn't ever been one other so very good or so influential...It chuffed wish and created hope: the will of the westering nation.''

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On the first of them he had learned that a mountain barrier extended north all the way to the Arctic. On the second this same barrier, or one to the west of it (and no one, including Mackenzie, had decided which), had prevented him from descending the Tacoutche Tesse to the sea. But how far to the south of his land-crossing did the mountain barrier extend? Yrujo reminded Jefferson that "a very considerable cordillera" existed between 50° and 60°. Did it extend below 50° and how continuously? Those who brought Arrowsmith's maps to bear on the problem saw the Rockies as a single chain and knew that this presentation was wholly speculative south of the route ascribed to Peter Fidler, which carried him to 45°.

This same route across foreign soil was to be used to give American trade an overland connection with the Columbia. That region, in January 1803, was a legitimate field for American expansion as Louisiana was not. The American prior claim to it was, according to usages of nations, so good that in the same year as Gray's discovery of the Columbia, Vancouver had to take the stand for Great Britain that Gray had never really entered the river, whereas his lieutenant, Broughton, had. This remained the official British stand till the Oregon question was settled.

Such would be the field for commercial enterprise and incalculable would be the produce of it, 10 The boundary ambiguities resulted from ignorance, at the peace treaty following the Revolution, of the source of the Mississippi. Mackenzie's proposal looked to establishing a connection with the Mississippi from the western end of Lake Superior. The St. " The 45th parallel is just above Minneapolis; the rectified boundary would run due west from here to intersect a line drawn south from the western shore of Lake of the Woods.

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