From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains. Major Stephen Long's Expedition 1819-1820. Edited by Maxine Benson. Western Exploration.

From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains. Major Stephen Long's Expedition 1819-1820. Edited by Maxine Benson.

Golden: Fulcrum, 1988. First Printing of the First US Edition. A Fine tight copy in a Fine inclipped dust jacket. Stephen H. Long (1784–1864), army topographical engineer, commanded a scientific expedition that explored portions of the Rocky Mountains and the Platte, Arkansas, and Canadian Rivers during the summer of 1820. His party departed Pittsburgh on 5 May 1819 as the scientific arm of a larger expedition with orders to explore the Upper Missouri by steamboat. Technical difficulties, disease, delay, and lack of funding compelled the abandonment of this venture during the winter of 1819– 1820. As an alternative, Secretary of War John C. Calhoun ordered Long's party to travel overland from its winter quarters at Engineer Cantonment near Council Bluffs to explore the Arkansas and Red Rivers. Long's party gathered extensive scientific and ethnographic data, recording their observations of the Pawnees and identifying numerous new plant and animal species. Item #26791

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