Published In

The Pacific Northwest Quarterly

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1996

Subjects

Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806), Columbia River

Abstract

During their 1804-06 transcontinental expedition, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark expected that the Columbia River and its tributaries would provide relatively easy passage to the Pacific Coast. Instead, they encountered a formidable barrier of raging waters and disjunctive ecological zones. Continuous frustrations caused the explorers to offer harsh judgments of the landscape and some of the Indians, whom they labeled as primitive and treacherous. These descriptions contrasted greatly with their more positive portrayals of landscape and peoples encountered elsewhere during the trip.

Description

This is the publisher's final PDF. The final publication can be found at: The Pacific Northwest Quarterly , Vol. 87, Issue 3 (Summer, 1996), pp. 141-148.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/8763

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