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Lewis and Clark
Biography on Meriwether Lewis
Biography on William Clark
Thomas Jefferson
Indians and Slaves
The Indian Tribes
Maps of the Expedition

 Her life was very different then what you read in your history book.

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   Sacagawea was born in the year 1790 in Idaho. She was part of a Shoshone tribe. She was captured by a Hidatsa raiding party at the age of eleven along with some other girls and women and was sold to the Missouri Mandans as slaves then she and some other girls were won in a bet by a man named Toussaint Charbonneau. Charbonneau wanted to sign as an interpreter for the expedition. The captains accepted because his wives could talk to Charbonneau in Hidatsa who could then talk in French to a man named Dillard who could then talk in English to the captains. The Captains signed him on the spot and one of his wives to go with them. Charbonneau chose Sacagawea who was about fifteen years old and six months pregnant. So she was sort of forced to go. Sacagawea had her baby during the expedition. His name was Jean Baptiste Charbonneau who was born on Feburary 11, 1805.

  Sacagawea was also sick during the expedition. There was a time when she was with Clark when she had a high fever, a scarcely perceptible pulse, irregular breathing and alarming twitching of fingers and arms. Luckily, Lewis cured her so she could continue in the expedition. When the expedition went to the Shoshone tribe to get horses they met the chief named Cameahwait. They sat down and smoked a pipe and then Sacagawea jumped up and ran over to hug the chief! You may wonder...why? He was her brother!  She was really surprised to see him because all of her family had died and he was supposably dead too. Later, on when the expediton is making their way back to St. Louis Charbonneau decided for him and his family to stay with the Mandans. One bad thing about this was that Charbonneau got paid and got some land but Sacagawea recived nothing. Lewis offered Sacagewea to take her son back to St. Louis so " he could be raised like a civilized citizen". Sacagawea said no. Six years after the expedition, Sacagawea gave birth to a daughter, Lisette, at the age of 22. That winter Sacagawea died, on December 20, 1812 at Fort Manuel, Idaho. Eight months later Clark legally adopted her 2 children. Clark educated Jean Baptiste. Shortly after his 18th birthday Jean Baptiste was then sent to Europe. There are no records of her daughter and it's unclear if she even survived past infancy. Sacagawea's son, Jean Baptiste, died in the year of 1866.

Sacagewea and husband
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UNDAUNTED COURAGE gave me all this info. Read it for yourself! This book is reccomend for 14 years and up.