Who was Sacagawea?


 

           Sacagawea is known as the Indian woman of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, but do you know where she came from? Sacagawea was a Shoshone Indian born to her tribe's chief around present day Three Forks Montana. At the time Sacagawea was 10-13 years old she was captured by a Hidatsa raiding party and taken to their village in modern day North Dakota. It is undetermined whether Sacagawea was a slave or a prisoner waiting to be married to a Hidatsa husband during her stay in the Hidatsa village. It is known that Sacagawea's stay in the Hidatsa village was short; before long she and another Shoshone were sold to or won in a gambling game by Toussaint Charbonneau,a french tradesman, who then claimed them as his "wives." Soon after that Chabonneau moved with his wives to the Mandan village where they met with The Corps of Discovery. During the stay at the Mandan village, Sacagawea gave birth to Jean Baptise Charbonneau, nick named Pomp by Clark. The labor was very difficult. A Native American elder suggested two rattlesnake rings to assest the birth. Clark supplied two rings which where then ground and mixed with water and administered. Clark did not know if it would help or not, but no more than ten minutes after taking it, Pomp was born.   

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