Jefferson’s America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation

We know that Lewis and Clark explored the West for President Jefferson, but did you know they weren’t the only ones?

Sure, Zebulon Pike comes to mind, but there were several expeditions into the wilderness, and the U.S. government used them to stretch its influence past the Mississippi, across Spanish America, to the Rocky Mountains and off to the Pacific Ocean.

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“Jefferson’s America” tells the tales of several expeditions and the trials the explorers went through. From waterless rivers to sopping wet rains to mountains perpetually “15 miles away,” the men (and 1 woman, Sacajawea) who went West found more than they expected.

Some of the tales are familiar, some are new (the aforementioned Sacajawea? She was a slave – to another native tribe). All of them are interesting, too.

Other interesting characters pepper the book too, from Aaron Burr to Napoleon to Spain’s King Carlos IV. Worth the read.

I received a free copy of this book for review.

Jefferson’s America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation