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By William R Sanford

In might 1805, because the Lewis and Clark day trip paddled up the Missouri River, a howling gust of wind tipped over one of many canoes. the lads paddled to shore, abandoning necessary offers. immediately, Sacagawea jumped within the water, rescuing vital journals and medical experiments. all through Lewis and Clark's trip within the uncharted American West, this younger American Indian lady proved to be a useful member of the excursion. Sacagawea served as translator and advisor, all whereas taking good care of her little one son. Sacagawea's lifestyles can have been brief, yet her exploits in this undertaking made her a mythical American.

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By June 17, his patient was sipping soup. On the day her appetite came back, she ate too many green apples. That night, the pain and fever returned. Lewis scolded Charbonneau for not taking care of her. By the next day, however, Sacagawea felt well enough to go fishing. The next near disaster struck a few days later. To escape a severe hailstorm, Clark led Sacagawea and Pomp to shelter under a rock ledge. All at once, a wall of water surged through the canyon. Sacagawea grabbed Pomp just as the flash flood carried off his cradleboard.

Lewis and Clark preferred the Clatsop. Sacagawea spoke in sign language to Chief Comowoll when he came to trade. On January 5, the Clatsop brought news of a beached whale. As Clark made plans to visit the site, Sacagawea asked for a favor. Lewis reported her request in these words: “The poor woman stated … that she had traveled a great way with us to see the great water, yet she had never been down to the coast. ” Two days later, Sacagawea stood on a bluff above the Pacific. The “great water” looked as though it stretched to the edge of the world.

Lewis felt the thrill of heading into the unknown. In his journal, he compared his tiny fleet to the ships that Columbus sailed to the New World. To escape the crowded pirogue, Sacagawea often trekked along the riverbanks. Walking gave her a chance to gather plants. Wild onions, berries, plums, and Jerusalem artichokes found their way onto the camp menu. At night, Sacagawea and Pomp shared the one tent with Charbonneau and the two captains. The men survived dangerous run-ins with bears and rattlesnakes.

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