sacagawea was born in 1788 or 1789 in Idaho, she was the daughter of the Shoshone chief. because they had no fire arms, they were not very well protected, and in fear of the Blackfoot they fled to the rocky mountains.
when she was about 12 years of age, she was captured by a group of hidasta in Montana to live with them. sacagawea thought that she would never see her people agin. in a few years she was sold to toussaint charbonneau, to a french Canadian trapper who made her his wife.
after traveling for six months up the Missouri river, Lewis and Clark arrived at the area were sacagawea was currently living. Lewis and Clark could not believe their luck, the had found an interpreter and some horses. sacagawea joined the mission even though she was pregnant, with help from Lewis she gave birth to her son.
the exposition left after the spring thaw in April,7 1805. 33 people, including sacagawea and her baby, traveled in 2 pirogues- large row boats with sails, and six canoes. the set out into unknown land. during the trip Clark had a special kindness twords the son and called him "Pompey"or" little pomp". he was the youngest on the crew, and sacagawea was the only women.
it was three weeks before they could see the other side of the mountain. planning to travle by water they needed canoes and food, Sacagawea people knew a tribe nearby and went there to trade. the nez-prece fed them and gave them canoes, as well as directions.