Sacagawea: The Woman of
Peace
Pooja Dayal
Jordan Walker
7th period
Introduction
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Born on c. 1788
Lived with the Shoshone tribe
Her life
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She was kidnapped by a war party of the
Hidatsa Indians when she was twelve years
old
Assisted Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
on the Lewis and Clark Expedition (also
known as the Corps of Discovery)
Her name means “bird women” in
Shoshone
Most of her life remains a mystery
Died December 20, 1812
Family
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Two Children
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Jean Baptiste
Charbonneau
 She had him at a
very young age of 16
 He was born during
the expedition
 Youngest person on
the expedition
Lizette Charbonneau
Husband
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Touissaint Charbonneau
Picture: Clark
and Touissaint
Charbonneau
The Lewis and Clark Expedition
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Goal
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Map as much territory of the Louisiana Purchase as
possible
Search for the Northwest Passage
Make contact with Native Americans
Record discovery of new plants and animals
Lewis and Clark would not have had a successful
journey without Sacagawea!
Picture: Louisiana
Purchase and Lewis
and Clark’s trip (in
red)
Lewis and Clark Expedition (Continued)
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How they met
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Explorers made
winter camp at Fort
Mandan in present
day North Dakota
near Sacagawea’s
tribe
Lewis and Clark
hired Sacagawea’s
husband
(Touissaint) and
her as interpreters
and guides.
Lewis and Clark Expedition (Continued)
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Her contribution to the
expedition
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She recognized geography
along the journey and
explained it to Lewis and
Clark
She acted as a guide,
translator, and peace
symbol
Her presence (a woman
with an infant in her arms,
along with a party of men)
is a token of peace and
stopped any Indians from
fighting the explorers.
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Result- the Corps of
Discovery did not face
any battles on their
journey
Lewis and Clark Expedition (Continued)
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Sacagawea saves
history
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How?
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When the explorers
were traveling on
boats, one boat
tipped over.
Lewis and Clark
lost all of their
journals and many
of their supplies.
Sacagawea dove
into the water and
saved all the
journals and
supplies.
Lewis and Clark Expedition (Continued)
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Explorers noticed
mountains
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August 17, 1805
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Picture:
Sacagawea
guiding Lewis and
Clark
Realized they could no
longer use boats and
had to find horses
Corps is in desperate
need for away to cross
the mountains
The Corps approached
a Shoshone village
Sacagawea was able to
communicate with them
and trade for horses.
Without Sacagawea, the
expedition would not
have been able to
continue.
Her Legacy
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Sacagawea proved to
be an surprising asset
to the Corps of
Discovery
Today, Sacagawea is
on our dollar coin.
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This is the
government’s way of
thanking her, and
showing her
importance to
America.
Picture: Sacagawea on
the United State’s dollar
coin
Pictures
Sacagawea’s
Shoshone
people
Statue of
Sacagawea,
Lewis, and Clark
Jean Baptiste
Charbonneau’s
grave site.
Sources
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http://images.google.com
http://www.pbs.org
http://history.net
http://montanakids.com/history
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