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The Suppressed History of America

The Murder of Meriwether Lewis and the Mysterious Discoveries of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Foreword by Michael Tsarion
Published by Bear & Company
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

An investigation into the discoveries of Lewis and Clark and other early explorers of America and the terrible acts committed to suppress them

• Provides archaeological proof of giants, the fountain of youth, and descriptions from Lewis’s journals of a tribe of “nearly white, blue-eyed” Indians

• Uncovers evidence of explorers from Europe and Asia prior to Columbus and of ancient civilizations in North America and the Caribbean

• Investigates the Smithsonian conspiracy to cover up Lewis and Clark’s discoveries and what lead to Lewis’s murder

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’s 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.


Chapter Four

Lewis and Clark and the Journey West

In May of 1804, William Clark, the newly formed Corps of Discovery, and Meriwether Lewis met at St. Charles, Missouri. The assembled party of forty-five included twenty-seven unmarried soldiers, a French interpreter, Captain Lewis’s beloved dog Seaman, and another group of soldiers who would accompany them to Mandan country during the first winter of the expedition.

The Missouri and Mississippi Valley area was home to thousands of mounds in prehistory. These mounds were of great curiosity to antiquarian thinkers of colonial America. Because they were believed to be more than just Native American burials, a closer investigation of these mounds was of high importance.

The first mound that the Corps of Discovery came upon was Spirit Mound, which was said by various local tribes to be haunted. According to the natives, the mound was guarded by eighteen-inch-tall little devils. Lewis thought further investigation necessary.

Jaw slack in amazement, Lewis made the following entry dated August 25, 1804:

From the top of this Mound we beheld a most butifull landscape; Numerous herds of buffalow were Seen feeding in various directions, the Plain to the N. W & N E extends without interuption as far as Can be Seen--.

After Lewis and company returned to camp, they briefly considered hiking the lands beyond Spirit Mound but decided the heat would make it dangerous. They continued upriver the next morning and never looked back. If they had ventured just a little farther, they would have crossed paths with America’s biggest pre-Columbian mystery.

The Cahokia Mounds are a gigantic complex settlement of ancient mounds that includes Monks Mound. Best known for large, man made earthen structures, the city of Cahokia was inhabited from about 700 to 1400 CE. Built by ancient peoples known casually as the Mound Builders, Cahokia’s original population was thought to have been only about 1,000 until about the eleventh century, when it expanded to tens of thousands.

At its apex, estimated between 1,100 to 1,200 CE, the city covered nearly six square miles and hosted a population of as many as a hundred thousand people. These ancient natives are said to have built more than 120 earthen mounds in the city, 109 of which have been recorded and 68 of which are preserved within the site. While some are no more than a gentle rise on the land, others reach 100 feet into the sky. A rapid decline in the Cahokian population is said to have begun sometime after 1200 CE.

By 1400 CE, the site heralded as hosting the most magnificent pre-Columbian city north of Mexico was barren. Theories abound as to what led to the seemingly catastrophic decline of the civilization, including war, disease, drought, and sudden climate change. Archaeologists scratch their heads when considering the fact that there are no legends, records, or mention of the magnificent city in the annals of other local tribes, including the Osage, Omaha, Ponca, and Quapaw.

The largest earthwork at the historical site, called Monks Mound, is at the center. At least 100 feet tall, it is the largest manmade, prehistoric mound in North America. The mound is 1,000 feet long, 800 feet wide, and composed of four platform terraces. Archaeologists estimated that 22 million cubic feet of earth was used to build the mound between the years of 900 and 1,200 CE. Since then, the mound has eroded or been damaged to the point that no one knows how large the mound really was.

Even more curious than the existence and seemingly sudden disappearance of a vast culture is the surprising discovery of what appears to be a massive stone structure lying hidden below the massive Monks Mound.

On January 24, 1998, while drilling to construct a water drainage system at Monks Mound, workers hit a thirty-two-foot-long stone structure. “This is astounding,” said William I. Woods, professor of geography and courtesy professor of anthropology at Kansas University. Woods led the investigation of the mystery structure. “The stone is at least 32 feet (10 meters) long in one of its dimensions,” he wrote. “It is buried about 40 feet below the surface of a terrace on the western side of Monk’s Mound and well above the mound’s bottom.”

Woods noted that even if the structure turned out to be just a large slab of stone, it would still be a dramatic find, because the nearest source of stone was more than ten miles from Cahokia, which lies approximately twenty miles southeast of St. Louis. In fact, no stones had ever been found at the site other than those used to craft primitive tools, weapons, and artifacts.

While Lewis didn’t get to see Cahokia, he did wander into the mounds at Grave Creek. After Lewis’s vivid descriptions of these mounds in his journal and his documentation of finding brass beads in a burial site, the journal is abruptly cut off. It remains unexplained why everything in the journals of Lewis is detailed meticulously until the topic of mounds is mentioned. Then begins a series of strange omissions or missing pages. Gary Moulton elaborates:

More difficult to explain is Lewis’s lack of journal-keeping once the expedition got underway. No Lewis journals are known to exist that cover the first phase of the expedition, from May 14, 1804, until the group left Fort Mandan on April 7, 1805. This is the longest hiatus in Lewis’s writing and to historians it is the most curious gap.

Above the surface, scholars teach that the mounds are the works of the Native Americans. But below the surface another tale is emerging as a growing number of scholars come forth with evidence that points to a prehistoric civilization that predates the Native American. Did Meriwether Lewis discover evidence of advanced cultures that might have undermined the moral foundation of the planned westward expansion of the United States of America?

About The Authors

Paul Schrag is an award-winning journalist, novelist, marketing and business consultant, photographer, and musician. He lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Xaviant Haze is a researcher of ancient manuscripts and alternative history, exploring and documenting his findings on lost cities and the myths of the pre-diluvian world. The coauthor of The Suppressed History of America, he lives in Arizona.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Bear & Company (May 20, 2011)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781591439769

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Raves and Reviews

“Authors Schrag and Haze teach a fascinating lesson in what we will never be taught but what every American should know.”

– Edward F. Malkowski, author of Sons of God–Daughters of Men, Before the Pharaohs, The Spiritual Tec

“Set against the compelling backdrop of Lewis and Clark’s historic first crossing of the North American continent, The Suppressed History of America breaks new ground and provides interesting food for thought, both for traditional students of American history and for those intrigued by the call of unresolved ancient mysteries.”

– Laird Scranton, author of The Cosmological Origins of Myth and Symbol and The Science of the Dogon

The Suppressed History of America . . . is a refreshing new addition to the field of the alternative history of the United States. Well researched and written, this book will serve to increase the interest in the full story of the great American explorer Meriwether Lewis. The authors present a cogent argument that Lewis was probably murdered, partly to cover up the profound discoveries he and Clark made in the early nineteenth century.”

– Stephen S. Mehler, author of The Land of Osiris and From Light Into Darkness

“. . . The Suppressed History of America contains all the undertones of a surreptitious political thriller. Encounters with the legendary Mandan Indians who are said to be the descendants of Welsh seafarers and other tribes forever lost to westward expansion speak volumes of what may have been discovered on their journey.”

– Fate Magazine, October 2011

“Enhanced with a wealth of footnote documentation, an extensive bibliography, and a comprehensive index, The Suppressed History of America is a unique and seminal contribution highly recommended for community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of non-specialist general readers with an interest in American History as it is never taught in public education courses.”

– Midwest Book Review, October 2011

The Suppressed History of America is a thorough, well-documented, fast-paced exploration of the United States’ greatest mystery and adventure--the Lewis and Clark expedition.”

– Ócháni Lele, author of Teachings of the Santería Gods and The Diloggún

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