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What was Sacagawea well-known for?

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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.

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She was an asset to the team because she was able to translate the Shoshone language, which was her native language. Sacagawea had been born to a Shoshone chief, but was sold by a rival tribe. She ended up as one of the many wives of a French-Canadian trapper, which led to meeting Lewis and Clark. Her legacy has been preserved with her image on the United States $1 coin as well as many statues and location names.

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