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By: Bryce C.
New Jersey, Grade 3

Sacagawea (1790-1812 or 1884)? was the daughter of a Shoshone chief. Nobody is really sure when she was born or when she died. Some people think her name was spelled Sacajawea and other people think it was Sacagawea. In the Lewis and Clark journal it was pronounced ''Sah-cah'gah-we-ah.'' Her name was a combination of the Hidatsa words for bird and woman.

Sacagawea was the interpreter for Lewis and Clark, from 1805-1806, when they traveled from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. They needed a guide and an interpreter for this journey. Sacagawea showed them the roots and plants they could eat. She also showed them the way through dangerous places.

She saved the journals and papers when her boat capsized. The papers and journals recorded the first year of their journey. Lewis and Clark were really amazed at how calm she was when her boat capsized. And she did it all with her baby strapped to her back.

I picked Sacagawea because not many people know about her and what she did. She is interesting to me because she went on a journey that not many women were allowed to go on and she took her baby, too. I couldn't believe that Sacagawea is the person on the new one dollar coin.

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