Sacagawea, the daughter of a Shoshone chief, was born around the time of 1788 in Lemhi County, Idaho.
Around the age of 12, Sacagawea was captured by Hidatsa Indians, an enemy of her tribe.
The Hidatsas then sold her to a French-Canadian trapper named Toussaint Charbonneau who made her one of his wives.
In November of 1804, she was invited to join the Lewis and Clark expedition as a Shoshone interpreter. The Lewis and Clark expedition was the first American expedition to cross the western part of the United States. The expedition started off near St. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the Continental Divide of the Americas to reach the Pacific coast.
Later, Sacagawea left the Lewis and Clark expedition and in 1809, and traveled with her husband and her son Jean Baptiste Charbonneau to see Clark.
Afterwards, in 1812, Sacagawea had a daughter named Lisette.