Sacagawea changed history in many ways, due to her ability to communicate in different languages and translate the message for Lewis and Clark during the expedition of exploring the new land. She was among the first Americans to cross the continent of North America and acted as a travel guide to the team.Continue Reading
She was kidnapped from her home country in around 1800 by Hidatsa and was sold 3 years later to Toussaint Carbonneau, a French-Canadian fur trapper. When the United States received the vast Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, President Jefferson hired Lewis and Clark to explore the land. The land was in the same area as Sacagawea’s home, so she knew the place well, and the men were linked to her for direction.
As the only woman in a company of 40 men, Sacagawea offered much assistance essential to the expedition. Apart from her ability to communicate and translate other languages, Sacagawea could find edible plants for the team. At one point, their boat capsized and she saved some important documents, cargo and supplies. Her presence in the team represented trustworthiness and peace, because during their journey new communities were lured into befriending them when they saw her and her baby. During their return journey in 1806, she helped the team to navigate the lands that would late be known as the Sacajawea Historical Area safely.Learn more about Exploration & Imperialism
Sacagawea provided tremendous support to American travelers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark by acting as a translator and a wilderness guide for the two men as they traveled toward the western coast. Sacagawea was born around 1788 and hailed from the Shoshone Indian tribe, based in present-day Idaho. Her name remains a subject of dispute among historians; in the Hidasa language, her name translates to "bird woman," but in the Shoshone language it means "boat-pusher."Full Answer >
Sacagawea was well known for her role as an explorer and as the only woman who went with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their expedition. She also had a son, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, who would later become one of America's great explorers.Full Answer >
Sacagawea was a famous Shoshone woman who served as an interpreter for the Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery" in the early 19th century. Along with other members of the expedition, she traveled thousands of miles between the years 1804 to 1806, covering the vast distances between North Dakota and the Pacific. She has been subsequently considered one of the most important and influential women in early American history.Full Answer >
According to Hidatsa oral history accounts, the name of Sacagawea's mother was Otter Woman and her father was Smoked Lodge. This information was provided by a Hidatsa named Bulls Eye, who claimed to be Sacagawea's grandson.Full Answer >