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Who is Sacagawea?

Sacagawea was born in 1788 in an area near the Rocky Mountains that is now part of Idaho. She was part of the Shoshone tribe where her father was the chief.

When Sacagawea was 12, her tribe was attacked by the Hidatsa tribe. Sacagawea was taken to North Dakota to live with the Hidatsa. A few years later, she was sold into slavery and forced to marry Toussaint Charbonneau, a French Canadian fur trapper.

In 1804, Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark arrived in the area looking for guides. They were sent by President Thomas Jefferson to explore the Louisiana Purchase and the lands to the west.

Lewis and Clark hired Toussaint Charbonneau and asked him to bring along Sacagawea so she could interpret when they reached the Shoshone tribe.

Sacagawea was able to help out with much more than interpreting. She showed the men how to collect edible roots and other plants. She also helped to save important supplies and maps when her boat capsized in the river during a squall. The men were impressed with her quick action and named the river after her.

The journey across the western lands wasn't easy. Everyone was often hungry and cold. It was especially hard for Sacagawea who had her infant son to carry and feed.

Clark wrote in his journal that Sacagawea was one of the most valuable members of the group. She spoke both Shoshone and Hidatsa and was able to keep things peaceful when the group met up with the Native Americans.

Sacagawea was the only woman on the expedition. Unlike the men, Sacajawea did not receive any payment for her part in the journey, despite her important role in helping the group return safely.

Not much is known of Sacajawea's life after the expedition ended in 1806. Some think that she died a few years later and others say that she returned home to the Shoshone and lived for another seventy years.

Where was Sacagawea born?
Idaho
Montana
North Dakota
Idaho When was Sacagawea born?
1788
1804
1806
1788 Which tribe captured Sacagawea and sold her into slavery?
Cherokee
Hidatsa
Shoshone
Hidatsa What Native American tribe was Sacagawea born into?
Cherokee
Hidatsa
Shoshone
Shoshone Where did the Hidatsa tribe live?
Idaho
Montana
North Dakota
North Dakota Which explorers did Sacagawea join on their way out west?
Astor and Stuart
Jefferson and Adams
Lewis and Clark
Lewis and Clark Which president sent Lewis and Clark to explore the western lands?
Abraham Lincoln
Thomas Jefferson
George Washington
Thomas Jefferson Sacagawea brought her infant son on the expedition.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
True Sacagawea was paid for her work on the expedition.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False When did Sacagawea die?
1806
1852
No one knows for sure.
No one knows for sure. Why did Sacagawea join the expedition?
to get away from her tribe
to be an interpreter
to cook
to be an interpreter Who was Toussaint Charbonneau?
Sacagawea's son
A trapper who owned and married Sacagawea
A Hidatsa warrior
A trapper who owned and married Sacagawea What is Sacagawea most known for?
Being a guide and interpreter for explorers Lewis and Clark
Mapping the Hudson River
Being a warrior
Being a guide and interpreter for explorers Lewis and Clark

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