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date: 06 March 2021


(c. 1786/1788?–20 December 1812?)
  • Sally McBeth


Sacagawea (c. 1786/1788?–20 December 1812?), the Shoshone (Snake) interpreter of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Shoshone (Snake) interpreter of the Lewis and Clark expedition, was born in a northern Shoshone village in what is today Idaho; it is likely that she was a member of the Agaiduka, or Salmon Eater, band of the Shoshone tribe. Around 1800, while her tribe was engaged in a hunting or war expedition east of their home territory in the Three Forks area of the Missouri River (Montana), she was captured along with several others, most likely by the Hidatsa from the Knife River village of Metaharta (North Dakota). Sacagawea was twelve to fourteen years old at the time of her capture. By 1804 she (and another girl) had been sold or gambled away and had become the property and wives of Toussaint Charbonneau, a French-Canadian trader and trapper....

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