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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sacagawea was a Shoshone Indian who played a vital role in assisting explorers Lewis and Clark through the territory of the Louisiana Purchase.  Jefferson had acquired the land through purchase from France.  Understanding that the purchase had doubled the size of the nation, Jefferson commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the territory.  Sacagawea was vital in her role of translating and guiding the explorers, helping them navigate through the many challenges of exploration in the new world.  She gave birth while on the expedition with the explorers, and also proved how valuable and essential Native Americans were to the expanding nation.  At the same time, Sacagawea's proved the unique nature of Native Americans in regarding to White society.  Their assistance proved to be essential in the undermining of their own social and cultural forms of identity.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Sacajawea was a Native American woman who worked with Lewis and Clark as a guide and interpreter in the later part of their expedition through what is now the western United States.

Sacajawea (often spelled Sacagawea nowadays) was born in what is now Idaho but was taken as a war prize by Hidatsa Indians to what is now North Dakota.

While there, she married a French trapper named Toussaint Charbonneau.  When Lewis and Clark came through the village, they hired Charbonneau and Sacajawea came with them.

She was instrumental in helping the expedition once it reached the area where her native tribe lived.

Sacajawea is now on a one-dollar coin.

xojopi | Student

Sacajawea was the native american whose husband Toussaint Charbonneau was hired to help lead Lewis and Clark on and expedition to find the Pacific Ocean. 

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