Ten fun facts about Sacagawea

Fact 1
She traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean between 1804 and 1806.

Fact 2
She has become an important part of the Lewis and Clark legend in the American public imagination.

Fact 3
The National American Woman Suffrage Association of the early twentieth century adopted her as a symbol of women's worth and independence, erecting several statues and plaques in her memory, and doing much to spread the story of her accomplishments.

Fact 4
In 2000, the United States Mint issued the Sacagawea dollar coin in her honor, depicting Sacagawea and her son, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.

Fact 5
In 2001, she was given the title of Honorary Sergeant, Regular Army, by then-president Bill Clinton.

Fact 6
She was born into an Agaidika (Salmon Eater) tribe of Lemhi Shoshone between Kenney Creek and Agency Creek about twenty minutes away from present-day Salmon in Lemhi County, Idaho.

Fact 7
Two early 20th-century novels shaped much of the public perception of Sacagawea. The Conquest: The True Story of Lewis and Clark, was written by American suffragist Eva Emery Dye and published in 1902 in anticipation of the expedition's centennial. A few decades later, Sacagawea (1933) by Grace Hebard was published to even greater success.

Fact 8
Sacagawea has since become a popular figure in historical and young adult novels, including the long 1984 novel Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo.

Fact 9
Several movies, both documentaries and fiction, have been made about Sacagawea.

Fact 10
Sacagawea was mentioned in the Schoolhouse Rock song Elbow Room as the guide for Lewis and Clark.

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Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States