A few months ago, my the school that my mom and sister work at was having a book fair. Huff the Tot and I went up to peruse the books and I came across this awesome find!
Even though Hermione is still a tad young to truly understand the true BAMF nature of the women mentioned in this book, I decided she HAD to have it! And, while I’ve been on maternity leave, she’s been wanting to read it all the time! I’ve really enjoyed it too because there are many women in this book that I either had a very, very basic knowledge of, or had never heard of!
So, because of this, I decided to use this as my “outline” for my Her’s Day Thursday posts!
Today’s lovely lady is: Sacagawea!
Not too much is known about Sacagawea’s younger years, however we do know she was born to a Shoshone Indian Chief in what is present-day Idaho. When she was twelve, she was taken from her people by a group of warring Hidatsa Indians. She was sold to Toussaint Charbonneau, a fur trader, and was made one of his wives.
In November of 1804, President Thomas Jefferson asked Meriwether Lewis and WIlliam Clark to lead an expedition of the West. The president wanted them to map out the landscape–mostly the rivers–and make friends with the Native Americans they came across.
In 1805, Sacagawea gave birth to a son and joined Lewis and Clark’s expedition party. She strapped her son, Jean-Baptiste, on her back and was a vital player in the voyage. Because of her knowledge of plants and berries, the group had food and means of making medicines. She was also a translator for Lewis and Clark. Sacagawea managed to negotiate the purchase of horses when she was reunited with her long-lost brother and Shoshone people. And, because Sacagawea was a woman, Native American tribes that the group came across were automatically more trusting because war parties did not travel with women; i.e., they did not see Lewis, Clark, and company as a threat.
When she came back from the journey in 1806, Sacagawea was not compensated for her time or toruble. Her husband, however, was given $500.33 and 320 acres of land (not cool, L and C, not cool.)
Even though Sacagawea was not financially compensated for her crucial role in the expansion of the American West, she is the only woman (aside from Martha Washington in the 1800’s) to ever appear on U.S. currency!
Sacagawea is truly an American icon and 100% BAMF!