"Captain Lewis and his men shooting Bears," Illustration from Patrick Gass's Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery, 1807.
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Illustration of five men consisting of Captain Clark and his men shooting at three bears. One bear has been shot and lies on the ground.

Credit: Rare Book and Special Collections Division Library of Congress

Lewis was furious when Corp of Discovery carpenter Patrick Gass in 1807 published the first account of the expedition. The crude illustrations, although they showed little of the American west, were improvements over the fanciful drawings that accompanied the fictional accounts of the expedition that appeared soon after the Corps of Discovery's return.

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