Lewis and clark wanted recognition and help from the Indian tribes. What did the tribes want from the explorers in return? What were the reasons?
Lewis and Clark wanted recognition and help from the Indian tribes. What did these tribes want from the explorers in return? What do you think were the reasons behind these demands?
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According the Journals of Meriweather Lewis, the Indians whom they encountered on their expedition wanted guns, liquor and tobacco from the Americans. Tobacco and whiskey was provided rather freely, however they were reluctant to furnish guns. The Indians were impressed with the ability of the guns to kill, and readily saw their usefulness in both hunting and warfare. Liquor, which they in fact called "fire water," was popular as they believed that it made them brave. Some few Indians expressed a desire to meet the "Great White Father," as Lewis referred to President Thomas Jefferson. The Indians made no excessive claims; unknown to most Whites at the time, Indian culture included welcome for strangers who did not present a threat. Since Lewis and Clark did not represent a threat, instances of hostile reception and treatment were rare.
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