Many historians view the Louisiana Purchase as Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s greatest achievement as president. After gaining the Louisiana Territory from France, Jefferson sent the Corps of Discovery to explore and report on the nationâ€™s recent acquisition. In addition to describing the territory itself, the group also interacted with and took note of the different Native American tribes that they encountered.
Read through the excerpt from Meriwether Lewis and William Clarkâ€™s journals from the Corps of Discoveryâ€™s journey (For the Record, 180-186). What does this selection reveal to us about the ways of life of Indians living in the Louisiana territory? What can we learn about early nineteenth century Americans and their perceptions of Native Americans from the notes left behind by Lewis and Clark? (Think, for example, about the observations they chose to record. What seemed important to them and why? What seems to be missing from their accounts?)
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