The Truth About Sacajawea’s Death


The story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
feels as old as time – specifically the time of the Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson roughly
doubled the size of the United States by buying the Louisiana Territory from France. This largely uncharted land spanned about
828,000 square miles and eventually became 15 states. That vast expanse needed to be surveyed, thus
beginning the historic adventure of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. But it likely would have been a horrific misadventure
if it weren’t for their heroic Shoshone guide and bilingual translator, Sacajawea. Born sometime in the vicinity of 1788, Sacajawea
was kidnapped at around age 12. She and another Shoshone captive were sold
to French-Canadian fur trader Toussaint Charbonneau who declared them to be his wives. Two months after giving birth to her first
child, Sacajawea embarked on the Lewis and Clark Expedition with her infant son in tow. She used her mastery of the Hidatsa and Shoshone
languages to help negotiate vital horse trades and relay other important information. Sacajawea and her baby may have been the only
things preventing Native Americans in the area from perceiving the expedition as a hostile
invasion. But she wasn’t just an important resource;
she was also a rescuer. When a storm threatened to capsize their boat
and an expedition member threatened to shoot Charbonneau, Sacajawea saved the day by gathering
important instruments, garments, and documents. Somehow, she achieved this feat while simultaneously
taking care of her infant son. Survival didn’t come easy for the members
of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Rain and treacherous terrain conspired against
them as they braved the terrifyingly slippery Rocky Mountains. While situated 300 feet above the Missouri
River, Meriwether Lewis took a 20-foot tumble that could have become a much longer drop
had he not stopped himself. A year later, he slipped at a narrow pass
and narrowly avoided falling 90 feet into the river. Luckily for Sacajawea, she had lived around
and was familiar with the Rockies. She navigated the danger of the terrain, but
helped her fellow travelers traverse the Bozeman Pass in the mountains of Montana. While fending off water and gravity, the group
also came under attack from bacteria, insects, and disease. Tainted jerky wreaked digestive havoc. At least three men came down with syphilis,
and some historians suspect that Lewis suffered from the disease. In June 1805, Sacajawea contracted a nasty
illness. For almost a week she had a weak pulse, a
strong fever, and respiratory problems. Some medical historians have interpreted those
symptoms as a sign that Sacajawea was grappling with gonorrhea, or chronic pelvic inflammatory
disease. Whatever the truth of the illness was, she
overcame it just like the other obstacles. Sacajawea has been afforded a significant
role in history, memorialized to the point that she’s become a near-mythic figure. Not that that’s always a good thing. “That is not my name.” “Sackuhjuhmeeyuh.” “No.” “Sack… Sack-in-the-Box.” In fact, she’s so memorialized that she somehow
has two different graves located hundreds of miles apart. At the Wind River Indian Reservation near
Fort Washakie, Wyoming, a massive granite tombstone purports to mark the final resting
place of Sacajawea. If so, then she died in 1884 at the ripe old
age of 100. However, that tombstone may be gravely mistaken,
because about 600 miles away is another grave near Mobridge, South Dakota that claims to
be Sacajawea’s final resting place. And if the burial marker is to be believed,
then she didn’t even reach age 30, dying instead in December 1812 at around 24 or so years
old. William Clark wrote in his diary that Sacajawea
died long before 1884. Headopted her two children in 1813, suggesting
that Sacajawea wasn’t around to raise them. Based on the age listed at Wind River, Sacajawea
would have been 21 when she traveled with Lewis and Clark, creating a clear inconsistency
with other biographical details. Given the timing of the adoption, it would
make sense if she perished in 1812, and expert James Ronda asserted that most scholars currently
believe she was at least deceased by the time Clark documented it in his journal, sometime
between 1825 and 1828. How did this super mom and seemingly natural-born
survivor expire? Some researchers theorize that she succumbed
to a serious illness that plagued her throughout her adult life and may have been exacerbated
by the birth of her second child, Lisette. History writes that she might have died of
typhoid fever. Whatever the cause of her death, it’s hard
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60 thoughts on “The Truth About Sacajawea’s Death

  1. First view and comment for once!! I love your videos, all of them!!!

  2. This rich American history seems pointless now that the U.S. is a shi*hole.

  3. Makes me sad she wasn’t able to witness her children growing up considering the immense sacrifice she endured. Hope her children were blessed with prosperous & fulfilling lives 💫

  4. now I wish I had those quarters she was right on the quarters with the baby so amazing

  5. can you explain to me, please, what's this all about being first, second and third, I just don't get it

  6. they must have passed her around for their own sexual satisfaction …………..

  7. One of those mysteries that you choose the version that works for you best and run with it until such a time concrete proof is availed(if ever).

  8. She should've had Lewis and Clark set up and ambushed…. nasty diseased dirty bastards…

  9. Sacajawea was a huge idiot. She showed white people new paths into native lands augmenting the white people's ability to invade, settle and conquer native lands.

  10. According to Native Americans her name is pronounced Sa-cog-away-ah .

  11. There were alot of things that got left out of the history books, or have'nt been well known until recently. Such as it just recently came out that Sacajawea was an abused wife. But what was very important that got left out, and another unsung hero in the expedition was Sacajawea's wolf. Yes, a wolf was along the expedition with Sacajawea! And he helped her lead the expedition successfully with his sense of smell, etc.! There is a painting of him along with Sacajawea, Lewis, and Clark when they were just starting their exhibition. But historians did'nt write the wolf in because he was with the Indian…

  12. Not to hate on my own peeps, but I’m 90% sure she probably died from some disease us white folks gave her.

  13. We may never know the full details of this woman, the complete story may be lost forever but one thing is for sure, i don't give a shit.

  14. Buying land that doesn't belong to them……White's….. dont bitch when your a target because of your ancestors mistakes.

  15. Sergeant Floyd is buried in my home town Sioux City, Iowa. We have a couple cool museums for Lewis and Clark! And an awesome monument for Floyd that has a beautiful view of the Missouri!

  16. This doesn't make since in school they said she was born in 1609 and was kidnapped by the british

  17. She is more then Pocahontas..Hollywood should make a movie about her..

  18. Do you think either of the claims to Sacajawea's burial place are true?

  19. Living back then , i say was not for the faint of heart.Go with , Jesus my friend.

  20. Largely uncharted? But yet a Native American showed them around?

  21. She is also the brand ambassador and spokesperson for many American dairy products

  22. "1980s song that you probably can't name the band who sang it…"looking for Lewis and Clark"comment below… Don't Google it remember it…..

  23. I used to visit her grave in Wyoming when I lived there, on the Shoshone/Arapaho reservation. Unfortunately, she has more than one grave site.

  24. Several men came down with syphilis. Must have been the bad water, or maybe mosquitoes.

  25. There are some similarities here with la Malinche who helped Cortes conquer the Aztecs.

  26. I think you have dig her up and get some of that DNA stuff goin!

  27. Beautiful,wonderful woman she was , and is. And forever will be.

  28. Wait a minute! She was kidnapped and enslaved, then sold to a French fur trader? You mean the so-called "native Americans" were a slave culture? Why, that can't be! Only white people are guilty of slavery…right?

  29. She’s a very important Native American ….almost as famous as Elizabeth warren

  30. Claims the truth about her death actually it’s not the truth the truth and be actually based upon the fact they don’t know so the title of this video is incorrect

  31. Gee lets ask Warren…she now-has lots of time on her native American hands…..😃😄🤣

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