If you took American History in school and paid attention at all, then you probably heard the name Sacagawea at least once during your studies. But who was Sacagawea? And what did she do? Born in the early nineteenth century, Sacagawea was a Shoshone Indian woman from Idaho who served as an interpreter and field guide on Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Expedition. This expedition, you might recall, mapped the United States from St. Louis, Missouri, to the Pacific Coast.
Obviously, you could probably figure out that Sacagawea lived a bold, brave life just from that fact. However, the more you read about Sacagawea, the more impressive this woman is. Not only was she the only woman on the Lewis and Clark Expedition, but she was also a teenager who had just given birth. It’s no wonder suffragists saw a model of tough, independent womanhood in Sacagawea. Read on to discover more of the amazing, tough-as-nails details of Sacagawea’s life that you might not have learned in history class.