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I went through a phase when all I wanted to read were historical fiction and to this day, it is still these types of books that get me even more interested in the lives of those who have come before me.
I love how historical fiction can teach me about the times, places, and famous people of history, while making the story enjoyable and easy to comprehend.
Here are some of my favorite books about Lewis and Clark:
- Seaman’s Journal: on the trail with Lewis & Clark
- Dog of Discovery: a Newfoundland’s Adventures with Lewis & Clark
- Lewis and Clark and me : a dog’s tale
- My travels with Capts. Lewis and Clark
- A Picture Book of Lewis & Clark
- The great expedition of Lewis & Clark: by Private Reubin Field, member of the Corps of Discovery
- Lewis and Clark : explorers of the American West
- The Lewis & Clark Journals
- The journal of Augustus Pelletier : the Lewis and Clark Expedition
- How we crossed the West : the adventures of Lewis & Clark
- Meriwether Lewis, boy explorer (I LOVE this book series! Really great biographies of historic figures…I’ve read a TON of them throughout my youth.)
- Meriwether Lewis
There are a lot of them…aren’t there? I can assure you, there is still more! These are just the ones I am labeling…
I think the dog books are the cutest! Did you ever hear of Seaman? I never knew there was a dog in the expedition, until I read the book, Seaman’s Journal.
Did you know?
- In July 1804, the United States purchased 868,000 square miles from France for only $15 million dollars!?!
- The Expedition lasted 863 days and 7, 689 miles through unexplored landscapes
- Expedition discovered 122 new animals and 178 new plants!
- Only one member of the Expedition died (It is guessed he died of a ruptured appendix)
- Game killed during the whole Expedition: 2,312 (of that number only 2,295 were eaten.)
When I was young, my brothers and I dressed up as Lewis & Clark at a Children’s Science Museum exhibit. It was fun, especially since shortly before that, we had done a study of the expedition.
Of course, my favorite person was Sacagawea, but she will have to wait for another time… *hint*
What do you find most interesting about the Lewis & Clark Expedition?