JOURNEY INTO THE WILDERNESS
30" x 48" oil on canvas
When Lewis & Clark with the Corps of Discovery embarked on their incredible journey from St. Louis in 1804, they were literally heading off into the unknown. President Jefferson told them to map the Missouri River and find the passage to the Pacific Ocean. He also asked them to record all of the unusual flora and fauna as well as the Native Peoples that they encounter.
Their first difficult test at diplomacy came while they met with the Lakota. Tempers flared when the Lakota tried to take command of the boats. Capt. Lewis had the swivel gun readied and his men prepare for hostilities. As Lewis later wrote in his journal of the event, Capt. Clark "...told them that we must go on... that we were not squaws, but warriers..." and with the help of Chief Black Buffalo hostilities were avoided and they were allowed to continue. © Steven Lang OPAM