Jean baptiste son of sacagawea

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Sacagaweas Son: The Life of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau by Marion Tinling

When the explorers Lewis and Clark asked the Shoshone woman Sacagawea and her husband, French trapper Toussaint Charbonneau, to be interpreters on their expedition, the couple brought their two-month-old son Jean Baptiste along. But the rest of Jean Baptiste Charbonneaus story has been largely untold--until now. Educated in St. Louis by Captain Clark, Jean Baptiste went on to live in a royal palace in Europe and to speak many languages. But, truly his parents son, he returned to the American West, living out his life as a trapper, scout, and explorer.
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Born Feb. Lewis and Clark arrived in the Hidatsa-Mandan territory in October and hired the elder Charbonneau and Sacagawea as an interpreter team. The captains had learned that the Shoshones had a large herd of horses. They were eager to have Sacagawea, who spoke Shoshone, to accompany them to negotiate for horses needed to cross the western mountains, despite that she was six months pregnant at the time. It is worthy of remark that this was the first child this woman had boarn, and as common in such cases her labour was tedious and the pain violent. In an effort to help her deliver the child, he counseled with others and then administered a small mixture of water and the crushed rings of a rattlesnake to help induce birth.

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Pompey was sent to Europe to be educated as he had been promised by Captain Clark. It is said he fathered a child in Europe but the child died as a infant. Jean Baptiste Charbonneau February 11, — May 16, was an American explorer, guide, fur trapper trader, military scout during the Mexican-American War, alcalde mayor of Mission San Luis Rey de Francia, and a gold prospector and hotel operator in Northern California. He spoke French and English, and learned German and Spanish during his six years in Europe from to He also spoke Shoshone and other western American Indian languages, which he picked up during his years of trapping and guiding. He was taken by his parents as an infant across the country. The Expedition co-leader William Clark nicknamed the boy Pomp.


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