Who was the influential slave in Lewis and Clark expedition's relationships with Indian tribes?

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The name of the slave who was part of the Lewis and Clark expedition was York.  He was owned by William Clark and came along as his personal slave.  He was apparently well-treated and had been with Clark since they were both children.  He was the only slave in the permanent expedition party.

York helped with the expedition's relationship with the Indian tribes because he was such a novelty.  None of the Indians had, apparently, ever seen a black man before.  He was a hit among them because of how different he looked from anyone that they had ever seen before.

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