Why is Sacagawea Famous?

This is a good question to ask if you’re wondering who this lady on the $1 coin is. Sacagawea was a Native American woman who played an integral role in the success of the Lewis and Clark expedition, the first overland expedition to make it to the Pacific Ocean and back. A member of the Shoshone tribe located in present-day North Dakota, Sacagawea was 16 years old when she and her husband Toussaint Charbonneau first decided to accompany Lewis and Clark in their journey in the years from 1804-1806. Sacagawea’s ability to translate the Shoshone language was necessary for verbal communication with the Native American tribes that the expedition group encountered along the way, but even her just presence as a Native American woman helped establish expedition’s peaceful intent as they moved west. This female hero was invaluable to the exploration and westward expansion of the United States, certainly deserving of her fame. For more information see here: