First Across The Continent The Story Of The Exploring Expedition Of Lewis And Clark In 1804/5/6 By Noah Brooks


























































































































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As we have seen, President Jefferson, whose master mind organized and
devised this expedition, had dwelt longingly on the prospect - Page 10
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As We Have Seen, President Jefferson, Whose Master Mind Organized And Devised This Expedition, Had Dwelt Longingly On The Prospect Of Crossing The Continent From The Headwaters Of The Missouri To The Headwaters Of The Then Newly-Discovered Columbia.

The route thus explored was more difficult than that which was later travelled by the first emigrants across the continent to California.

That route lies up the Platte River, through what is known as the South Pass of the Rocky Mountains, by Great Salt Lake and down the valley of the Humboldt into California, crossing the Sierra Nevada at any one of several points leading into the valley of the Sacramento. The route, which was opened by the gold-seekers, was followed by the first railroads built across the continent. The route that lay so firmly in Jefferson's mind, and which was followed up with incredible hardships by the Lewis and Clark expedition, has since been traversed by two railroads, built after the first transcontinental rails were laid. If Jefferson had desired to find the shortest and most feasible route across the continent, he would have pointed to the South Pass and Utah basin trails. But these would have led the explorers into California, then and long afterwards a Spanish possession. The entire line finally traced over the Great Divide lay within the territory of the United States.

But it must be remembered that while the expedition was being organized, the vast Territory of Louisiana was as yet a French possession.

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