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Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)

Lewis and Clark Cross the Rocky Mountains



Lewis and Clark Cross the Rocky Mountains
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.66

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    journey, entire, finding, traveled, dangerous, several, against, fresh, order, tribe, lines, stayed, often, lived, easy, buffalo
     content words:    Rocky Mountains, Pacific Ocean, Native American, Rattlesnake Cliffs, Bitterroot River, Bitterroot Mountains


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Lewis and Clark Cross the Rocky Mountains
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     The Lewis and Clark journey was not an easy trip. They had to fight river currents. They did not travel very far each day. What took them over two years to travel we could do today in three or four days. One of the hardest parts of the trip was crossing the Rocky Mountains.
 
2     Lewis and Clark were worried about crossing the mountains. It would be very hard. But if they didn't do it, the group would not make it to the Pacific Ocean.
 
3     Maps of the west were often not true. Men made up what they thought people would find in the west. Lewis and Clark had no idea what they were up against. Some of the maps from that time showed California as an island. Others showed the Rocky Mountains as something that would be easy to cross.
 
4     Most people thought that the Rocky Mountains would be easy to cross. Maps that Jefferson had looked like a single line of mountains. Once you got to the top, you would go down the other side and the trip would be over. The Rocky Mountains don't work that way. There were several lines of mountains that the group would have to cross.

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