Exploration in Nature Essay

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Exploration in Nature





Lewis and Clark led the way and took part in an amazing adventure, and an expedition is
exactly what it was. They dared to venture into a region unknown to them. Among the
unknown was the nature surrounding the paths they were to take. Lewis and Clark, as well
as everyone else on the expedition, had only ideas of the geographic areas they were
braving. This is shown throughout The Lewis and Clark Expedition. The journal entries
throughout this book show just how important nature was to the explorers.

What exactly were Lewis and Clark looking for? They wanted to find a northwest passage to
use as a trade route from North America to the Pacific ocean. Using waterways was the
only way to trade and ship good in large quantities. To get to the Pacific, another way
was needed. It was believed that the Missouri River and the Columbia River came together
to form a route to the East Coast. Unfortunately, not much was known about the western
United States or the upper Missouri River. Lewis and Clark now had their task: to see if
this waterway truly did exist.

The two explorers, along with their men, encountered many new wonders as they traveled up
the Missouri. One major discovery was the difference in vegetation. Lewis describes a
cherry, which are similar to the ones he has seen before yet have some different
characteristics(page 40). He describes the bark as being "smooth and of a dark brown
colour", and explains the fruit as "a globular berry about the size of a buck-shot of a
fine scarlet red". Lewis is intrigued by the differences judging by his writing. Lewis
had much knowledge about observing his surrounding, and Clark had an interest in


learning. This is why the vegetation seemed so phenomenal to them as the trudged up the Missouri.
While the plans looked interesting, the served a more useful purpose. This purpose was
survival. Before the explorers reached the first village they lived off pawpaws,
yellowish fruit that grew along the river (page 75). Other berries and fruits were used
as staples during the duration of the trip, especially when meat was scarce due to the
lack of herding animals at times.

Another thing the two explorers documented were the animals. They saw many animals they
had never encountered before. Among these were the buffalo and antelope. They learned
how Indians depended on the buffalo for food and other amenities, and also discovered how
important these animals would become for their own survival. They also learned how
different animals were more influential to Indian tribes in different regions. Plateau
and Northwest Pacific Indians relied on elk and salmon, while the Plains Indians relied on
buffalo.
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