After the American Revolution, the people of the new United States look westward for a new start. President Thomas Jefferson makes the Louisiana Purchase from France 1803 and sends Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to explore the land west of the Mississippi River. The tales the two tell when they return spur this question: How will Americans GET to this new land? Over water, via the Erie Canal? Over a new National Road through the Midwest? This will be a nation founded on transportation! This colorful graphic novel will excite reluctant readers, prepare students for standardized tests in history and help homeschooling parents!
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CHAPTER 1 LEWIS AND CLARK
The brand new United States is on shaky ground — most of its towns are on ground east of the Appalachian Mountains, along the Atlantic seaboard. France and Great Britain are the most powerful nations in the world, and both have claims on big sections of the North American continent to the north and west of the U.S. But suddenly French leader Napoleon makes an offer that will change the direction of the new nation . . .
Lewis and Clark answers these topics:
Who purchased Louisiana land?
What did Lewis and Clark pack?
Why did Sacagawea join Lewis and Clark?
How did Lewis and Clark cross the Rockies?
When did Lewis and Clark get home?
CHAPTER 2 THE NATIONAL ROAD