An investigation into the discoveries of Lewis and Clark and other early explorers of America and the terrible acts committed to suppress them.
Meriwether Lewis discovered far more than the history books tell - ancient civilizations, strange monuments, "nearly white, blue-eyed" Indians, and evidence that the American continent was visited long before the first European settlers arrived. And he was murdered to keep it all secret.
Examining the shadows and cracks between America's official version of history, Xaviant Haze and Paul Schrag propose that the America of old taught in schools is not the America that was discovered by Lewis and Clark and other early explorers. Investigating the discoveries of Spanish conquistadors and Olmec stories of contact with European-like natives, the authors uncover evidence of explorers from Europe and Asia prior to Columbus, sophisticated ancient civilizations in North America and the Caribbean, the fountain of youth, and a long-extinct race of giants. Verifying stories from Lewis' journals with modern archaeological finds, geological studies, 18th- and 19th-century newspapers, and accounts of the world in the days of Columbus, the authors reveal how Lewis and Clark's finds infuriated powerful interests in Washington - including the Smithsonian Institution - culminating in the murder of Meriwether Lewis.
Map of the Lewis and Clark expedition courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin
©2011 Paul Schrag and Xaviant Haze (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
It made me want to learn more about the mound builders and question why there hasn't been any extensive excavation of these sites when there is no connection to existing native tribes. It made me want to learn more about the Mandan. But that has little to do with the death of Lewis and the motivations for killing him. I found the descriptions of what happened at Griner's Stand to be plausible given the circumstances and not unreasonable. The painting of Lewis' companions as less than reliable is good and we know that this was a dangerous place in a dangerous time. But I can also imaging the tremendous sense of accomplishment and then loss that must come from a journey like the one shared by Lewis and Clark. After living a wild existence in an alien world amongst alien people's while pursuing a singular goal, the world of politics and the responsibilities that come with it must seem both heavy and yet shallow. Unfulfilling. It could create something like PTSD, you've been to the mountaintop and now... What?
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