By Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman
In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson commissioned the Corps of Discovery as a systematic excursion to discover the newly obtained Louisiana buy. The objective was once to profit extra in regards to the Northwest's ordinary assets, population, and probabilities for payment. The Lewis and Clark day trip was once the second one recorded transcontinental crossing of North the United States north of Mexico by means of white americans. Their trip was once major in that the 1st exact maps of the realm have been produced, there has been a greater realizing of the Northwest's average assets, they usually confirmed pleasant relatives with American Indians. even supposing they have been not able to find the fabled, elusive Northwest Passage, Lewis and Clark's achievements sparked American curiosity within the West and reinforced the nation's declare to the realm. The insurance comprises: Thomas Jefferson's aid of the day trip as U.S. president; Meriwether Lewis' and William Clark's arrangements for his or her trip, together with collecting suggestion and buying offers; the party's interactions with American Indians, either pleasant and adverse; the animals they encountered; the position performed via Sacagawea, a Lemhi Shoshone; and, the expedition's tricky trip around the Bitterroot Mountains.
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The villages were the center of a vast trading network. It stretched across much of the northern half of the Louisiana Territory. The Mandan lived in two villages. The southernmost of these, located on the west bank of the Missouri, was called Mitutanka. Sheheke was its chief. Further up the river, on the east bank, was the second Mandan village, Nuptadi. Its chief was Black Cat. To the west, along the banks of the Knife River, lay three Hidatsa villages. The important Hidatsa chiefs included Black Moccasin and Le Borgne, also known as One Eye.
The corps had the better weapons, but they were badly outnumbered. At any moment, anger, pride, or an itchy trigger ﬁnger could have unleashed a hail of gunﬁre and arrows that would have left many men dead on both sides. It was Black Buﬀalo who prevented this from happening. He suddenly asked Clark if the women and children of his tribe would be able to visit the keelboat. Clark agreed. The two sides lowered their weapons and the crisis passed. The next day, at Black Buﬀalo’s invitation, they visited his village.
Further up the river, on the east bank, was the second Mandan village, Nuptadi. Its chief was Black Cat. To the west, along the banks of the Knife River, lay three Hidatsa villages. The important Hidatsa chiefs included Black Moccasin and Le Borgne, also known as One Eye. In 1804, about 4,500 members of the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes lived in the ﬁve villages. C. The villagers lived in dome-shaped earthen lodges clustered together for protection. Fields in which the people grew corn and other crops surrounded each village.
Across America: The Lewis and Clark Expedition (Discovery & Exploration) by Maurice Isserman, John S. Bowman