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.
She Gave Birth Only Two Months Before the Expedition
She was Kidnapped and Married by Age 13
Her Family Ties Helped the Expedition SurvivePhoto: Alfred Jacob Miller - Walters Art Museum / via Wikimedia Commons
She Rescued Lewis and Clark's Journals from Sinking in a Storm
She Voted Long Before the 19th AmendmentPhoto: US Post Office / via Wikimedia Commons
She Demanded to See the Ocean, and She Did