Queen Sacagawea (Crown Her Series)

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Sacagawea was a Lehmi Shoshone woman who helped to guide and interpret the Lewis and Clark Expedition in accomplishing their chartered mission objectives of exploring the Louisiana Territory. Born in 1788, she grew up near the Rocky Mountains on the same land that is in the state of Idaho today. Their tribe was called the Shoshone tribe where her dad was the chief. Her tribe moved around during the year to gather food and bison, they also lived in teepees.

One day when she was around twelve years old, Sacagawea’s tribe was attacked by a group called the Hidatsa. Sacagawea and several other girls were kidnapped. She was held captive in near present-day Washburn, North Dakota at a Hidatsa village. At thirteen, she was sold into a non consensual marriage to Toussaint Charbonneau, a Quebec trapper living in the village.

Sacagawea was pregnant with her first child when the Corps Of Discovery made it to the Hidatsa villages to spend the winter. They had been sent by President Thomas Jefferson in exploration of the Louisiana Purchase and the lands further west. Sacagawea traveled with the expedition for thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. Through her, they were able to establish cultural contacts with other Native American populations. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall Of Fame in 2003.

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Published by Kim Marie

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