The Life Of Sacagawea.

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The Life of Sacagawea Believe it or not slavery was a problem even for Indians. Many Indians were captured and sold into slavery, Indians such as Sacagawea who was born in 1788 (Timeline). Unfortunately, Sacagawea was captured at a young age and was forced into slavery. We know her as the young, brave woman who traveled with Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the West. She is also recognized on the one dollar coin for her amazing adventure with the discoverers (Hoose 130). There is much to be known about this extraordinary women. The way she was taken from her family and put into slavery is a major part of her life, as well as her adventure with Lewis and Clark, what happened after she returned home and the legacy she left behind.…show more content…
Unfortunately, Sacagawea became very ill after giving birth and received medical treatment. The treatment given to her was a Shoshone ritual. They took cut up rattlesnake tail and dissolved it in water. After she drank it she soon got better (Hoose 131). The problem Sacagawea experienced was not the last on their exploration. Many more difficulties occurred during the trip. On May 14, 1805 (Sacagawea) in Montana (Timeline) a gust of wind almost knocked the boat over (Hoose 132). Sacagawea risked her life and jumped into the water to save some of the items that fell overboard (132). After the horrendous accident, they landed somewhere along the Lemhi Pass on August 12, 1805. Two days later (Sacagawea) Sacagawea encountered Chief Cameahwait, who she recognized as her brother. Upon finding her brother she learned that both her parents had died and only two of her brothers remained alive (Hoose 132). After leaving her brothers tribe they eventually reached the end of their journey, the Pacific Ocean (133) on August 14, 1806 (Sacagawea). Once there they heard about a dead whale that was on the beach. Sacagawea wanted to come along with them to see the magnificent creature. “It seemed to surprise the others, partly because she had no rights as a slave, but mainly because she had never before taken such a stand” (133). Soon after the whale sighting they headed home. Finally the long trip
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