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In 1803, France sold a huge piece of land to the United States. The deal was known as the Louisiana Purchase. It added 827,000 square miles to the United States. President Thomas Jefferson sent a group to explore the new land. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were its leaders.

Today, Sacagawea is honored for her important role in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Since 2000, she has appeared on the one-dollar coin. No one knows what Sacagawea looked like. So, artists used a model. Randy’L He-dow Teton is a modern Shoshone woman. Artists used her portrait to represent Sacagawea.

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Making Connections


Sacagawea traveled with the Lewis and Clark Expedition for thousands of miles. What is the longest trip you have ever taken?


Have you read other books about women who were part of important events in US history? Who were they, and what did they do?


The Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled west of the Mississippi River. What places are people mapping or exploring today?

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