Du Pratz's 1774 History of Louisiana
Why did Lewis take this book on the Expedition?
The baggage of the Lewis and Clark Expedition contained a small collection of potentially useful reference works including a four-volume Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1754-55); John Miller's Linnaeus (1779, 1789); Richard Kirwan's Elements of Mineralogy (1794); several volumes pertaining to celestial navigation; Benjamin Smith Barton's Elements of Botany (1803); Alexander Mackenzie's Voyages from Montreal (1802); and Antoine du Pratz's History of Louisiana (1774). This is the story of the last book named.
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