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  • Clark's Map of 1810.


  • When the United States purchased Louisiana from France in April 1803, the extent and character of the land was uncharted. On May 14, 1804, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on an expedition to explore the new territory that would fundamentally change Americans' conceptions of their country. Clark served as the expedition's principal cartographer. After completing the three-year journey from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean and back, Clark worked at compiling a comprehensive map of the American West, using his personal knowledge and information gleaned from interviews with Native Americans and the accounts of army officers and fur traders. Shown here is the manuscript of his map, which he completed in 1810. Clark's map served as a valuable guide for trappers, traders, scientists, and adventurers, as well as shaped, for more than a quarter century, how Americans understood the geography of the American West.


  • Clark, William, 1770-1838 Cartographer.
  • Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809 Author.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1810.


  • -  United States of America
  • -  1804 to 1810
  • -  Clark, William, 1770-1838
  • -  Description and travel
  • -  Discoveries in geography
  • -  Exploration and encounters
  • -  Indian cartography -- North America
  • -  Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
  • -  Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809
  • -  West (United States)


  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  "Caption title: "A Map of part of the Continent of North America...""--Note extracted from World Digital Library.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 map; ink on paper; 73 x 129 centimeters; framed to 105 x 160 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Yale University Library.
  • -  Content in English.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.


  • 1 online resource.

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  • 2021668419

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Chicago citation style:

Clark, William, Cartographer, and Meriwether Lewis. Clark's Map of. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1810] Map.

APA citation style:

Clark, W. & Lewis, M. (1810) Clark's Map of. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Map] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Clark, William, Cartographer, and Meriwether Lewis. Clark's Map of. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, 1810] Map. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.