Sacajawea was a Shoshone Indian woman who was abducted from her family when she was 12 by the Mandan people and later sold to a fur trapper, Toussaint Charbonneau, who took her as his wife.
She and Charbonneau accompanied Merriweather Lewis and William Clark on their Corps of Discovery adventure across America.
She became one of the most valued members of the group. She was able to talk with native people they met along the way, resolving conflict and ensuring peace. She knew about medicinal herbs and edible plants, and her quick thinking aided the company many times.
William Clark said about her, “She deserves a greater reward for her service than we have power to give.”
For many years, Sacajawea was almost forgotten. A book published in 1902 restored her proper place in American history. Now, numerous memorials across the country honor her.
Questions and Answers
Question: When did Sacajawea die and where is she buried?
Answer: People disagree on when and where Sacajawea died. Historians believe she left Charbonneau and went to Wyoming in the 1860s.
A gravestone at the Wind River Indian Reservation says she died April 9, 1884 and is buried there. A memorial in Mobridge, South Dakota insists she died on December 20, 1812, which is probably more likely.
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