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Sacagawea was the interpreter for Lewis and Clarks adventure declared by Thomas Jefferson in 1803 to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean America could possibly not be what it is today without the help of Sacagawea Sacagawea was an native american girl who was taken to slavery at a young age and from slavery went to be noted a a great woman and also is remembered on the 2000 one dollar coin Sacagawea was first known at birth as Boinaiv which means Grass Maiden she was part of the Shoshone tribe She was born at about 1790 and she was from the area in which is now today Idaho At the age of twelve she was camped near the Missouri River in Montana They were encroached upon by warriors from the Hidatsa There were four men fourwomen and many boys killed that day That day Boinaiv and many other girls and boys were taken back to the Hidatsa village and were kept as prisoners When Boinaiv arrived at the village she was renamed Sacagawea which means Bird Woman At the Hidatsa village Sacagawea was enslaved until about 1800-1805 She was then either bought or won by a man by the name of Toussaint Charbonneau At this same time president Jerfferson and the US Congress were authorizing a voyage to find the Pacific Ocean This means putting a gourp of men together that would explore the territory between the Mississippi and Colimbia Rivers and attempt to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean Heading up this mission would be Jeffersons secretary and condidante Lewis and Lewis friend Clark On October 27 1804 Lewis and Clarks expedition reached the village of the Mandan Indians in North Dakota There they met Sacagawea and he French- Canadian husband Toussaint Charbonneau At this time she was about 17 years old and pregnant Clark was keeping a journal of their
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