Maegan Doerr

Early Life

Sacagawea was born in 188 Lemhi country, Idaho. Her dad was Shoshone chief. At about age 12 she was kidnapped by Hidatsa Indian tribe. She was sold into slavery and Toussaint Charbonneau, was made into her husband at a French-Canadian fur trader. Charbonneau bought Sacagawea. Her son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau was born on February 11, 1805. She had a brother named Cameahwait. Sacagawea's daughter was Lizette Charbonneau. She was on the one dollar coin.

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Lewis and Clark expedition

The winter of 1804 Clark interviewed several men to hire a guide for the expedition. During the time Sacagawea was pregnant with her first kid and was married to Charbonneau. Lewis and Clark hired Sacagawea because they knew they would need help from her and also because she spoke about 3 different languages.

After the Expedition

Clark wrote a note to Charbonneau and thought that Sacagawea deserved a better reward than what she got. She was known at the time for the women's rights. Clark took care of her two kids and got her son an education after she died at the age of 25 and her daughter also died. Her grave is in Lander, WY.

My Reaction

I never knew that Sacagawea was on the one dollar coin. I was surprised that Sacagawea had a daughter I thought she only had her son. I didn't know that after Sacagawea died Clark raised her kids because I would think her husband would take care of them. I also was surprised that she was taken from her tribe and got sold at a fur trade.