What happened to sacagawea after the expedition

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what happened to sacagawea after the expedition

Sacagawea by Lise Erdrich

Many people have heard of the 1804 Lewis and Clark expedition, the Corps of Discovery, but few know much about the pregnant, teenage American Indian who was crucial to the expedition’s success. Sacagawea tell the story of the sixteen-year old Shoshone girl who joined Lewis and Clark, along with her newborn son, “Pomp,” and acted as guide, translator, forager, and ambassador to the Shoshone tribe. Liselotte Erdrich’s book, which received a Carter G. Woodson Award, is filled with fascinating facts about Sacagawea, including her being kidnapped at age eleven by another tribe, the important contributions Sacagawea made to the Lewis and Clark expedition and the love the explorers had for little Pomp. Erdrich hypothesizes in an Afterword about the young woman’s life following the Louis and Clark Corps of Discovery. Julie Buffalohead’s intense, color-saturated paintings enrich Sacagawea, which Kirkus Reviews exclaimed had “the makings of a classic.”
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Sacagawea traveled with the expedition thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. She helped establish cultural contacts with Native American populations in addition to her contributions to natural history. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Sacagawea was an important member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The National American Woman Suffrage Association of the early twentieth century adopted her as a symbol of women's worth and independence, erecting several statues and plaques in her memory, and doing much to spread the story of her accomplishments. Reliable historical information about Sacagawea is very limited.

After reaching the Pacific Ocean in November , the corps established Fort Clatsop, near present-day Astoria, Oregon, as its winter quarters. Then, on March 23, , the weary explorers headed for home and St. The expedition separated into two parties near today's Lolo, Idaho, to explore the country more thoroughly on the return trip; the groups would be apart for more than a month. During that time, Lewis' company was attacked by Blackfoot warriors, two of whom were killed in the fighting, the expedition's only bloodshed. Shortly afterward, the half-blind private Pierre Cruzatte mistook Lewis for an elk and shot him in the thigh. By the time Lewis was reunited with Clark, his leg was nearly mended.

Sacagawea’s Early Life

In , when she was about 12 years old, Sacagawea was kidnapped by a war party of Hidatsa Indians -- enemies of her people, the Shoshones. The Shoshones possessed horses that the expedition needed to cross the Bitterroot Mountains. The captains felt that because of her Shoshone heritage, Sacagawea could be important in trading for horses when the Corps reached the western mountains and the Shoshones. While Sacagawea did not speak English, she spoke Shoshone and Hidatsa. Her husband Charbonneau spoke Hidatsa and French.


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