Sacagawea, Indian Woman, Fort Mandan
 Sacajawea, Indian Woman, Fort Mandan

Sacajawea    ( Sacajawea, Sakakawea )

Born: around 1784 to 1787 in the Lemhi Valley
Died: either December 20, 1812 at Fort Sumner,, North Dakota or April 9, 1884 on the Shoshone Reservation in Wyoming's Wind River Valley

     Sacajawea was born to the Shoshone tribe but she was kidnapped by the Minnetares or Hidatsa tribe while still young

     A unknown Indian woman and Sacajawea  was then either gambled or traded to the French Canadian fur trapper named Touissant Charbonneau.   Sacajawea was married during the winter of 1803 - 1804 

     Following  the Indian custom, Charbonneau married both Indian woman.    On February 11, 1805 Sacajawea gave birth to Jean Baptiste

     Two months later with infant Jean Baptiste on her back Sacajawea led the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Shoshone tribe.   Sacajawea pleaded the assistance of her brother to obtain horses and supplies for the Lewis and Clark Expedition

    Little is known about Sacajawea 's life after the Lewis and Clark Expedition with the exception that Charbonneau returned to their village home on August 16, 1806

    One of Charbonneau's wives died at Fort Mandan in 1812 but history does not know for sure that it was Sacajawea

     Another reliable source has it where an Indian woman on the Shoshone Reservation was named Sacajawea.   That source documents  this Indian Woman speaking  fluent  French and this Indian woman knew specifics about the Lewis and Clark Expedition she died in 1884

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