Sacajawea - Summary

Mountains of the Wind River Range form a backdrop to a cemetery in Ft. Washakie, Wyoming. A stone, over one of the graves, reads “Sacajawea.”

Is it the final resting place of the only woman who accompanied Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on their famous expedition? Yes, according to Shoshone oral tradition. No, according to other records. We may never know for sure.

Who was this 16-year-old Shoshone teenager? How did she become part of one of the most successful explorations in recorded history? Why did President Thomas Jefferson commission the expedition in the first place?

In this story behind the Corps of Discovery mission, travel with Lewis and Clark as they explore previously uncharted territory (included in the Louisiana Purchase) and finally reach the “great waters” of the Pacific Ocean. Look at the original documents, signed by Napoleon, which nearly doubled the size of America’s existing territory.

Examine the origins of Sacajawea’s tribe, the Shoshone, and discover the role which she played for the Corps. Learn why there are two different spellings of her name. Meet her husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, and read an entry in Lewis' diary about her baby, Jean Baptiste (whom she carried, strapped to her back, while she performed her duties).

And ... learn about the compensation (or lack thereof) which Charbonneau and Sacajawea received for their efforts.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5183stories and lessons created

Original Release: Mar 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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