Despite stood for, just because of one quality
Despite her many differences from the men who had accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition, it was these differences that made Sacagawea such an asset to the expedition. Sacagawea was the only female among 32 other male members of the Lewis and Clark expedition (Sacagawea Historical Society). Her background as a Lemhi Shoshone Native American woman with a baby was already an impactful quality that aided the expedition. Her being with the other men helped to lessen the tension between the explorers and Native Americans. Many Indians interacted with westerners with a lot of caution and hesitation, but due to the presence and looks of Sacagawea and her son, they were comforted by the fact that the explorers had no intention of hurting them. To them, Sacagawea represented a symbol of peaceful purposes with the expedition and helped to build a relationship between the Indians and the westerners. William Clark, a Lieutenant in the expedition wrote an observation in his journal dated October 13, 1805, “The wife of Shabono our interpreter we find reconciles all the Indians, as to our friendly intentions a woman with a party of men is a token of peace.” (Clark, History.com) This information helps to guide the investigation as it shows the symbol that Sacagawea stood for, just because of one quality she possessed, her features and looks. Although the expedition used the features that Sacagawea carried, it was not the only quality that was of use to the expedition. Sacagawea impacted the expedition by using her knowledge of the land to help recognize landmarks. She recalled these landmarks from her childhood and was able to indicate routes that were more familiar and near the friendly Shoshone lands. On July 22, 1805, Captain Meriwether Lewis wrote in his journal about some landmarks that Sacagawea recognised. “The Indian woman recognizes the country and assures us that this the river on which her relations live … This piece of information has cheered the sperits of the party … world.” (Lewis) Another journal entry was recorded by Clark on July 13, 1806. “The Indian woman who has been of great Service to me as a pilot through this Country recommends a gap in the mountain more South which I shall cross.” (Clark, Idaho Public Television) This helps the investigation as it suggests that Sacagawea had proved to be an asset to the expedition and that he trusted her recommendation due to her familiarity with the lands.