By Thad Carhart

Born in 1805 at the Lewis and Clark day trip, Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau is the son of Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. he's raised either as William Clark’s ward in St. Louis and by means of his mom and dad one of the villages of the Mandan tribe at the a long way northern reaches of the Missouri river. In 1823 eighteen-year-old Baptiste is invited to go the Atlantic with the younger Duke Paul of Württemberg, whom he meets at the frontier. in the course of their travels all through Europe, Paul introduces Baptiste to a global he by no means imagined, and Baptiste eventually faces a call: even if to stick in Europe or go back to the wilds of North the USA. As we stick to this younger guy on his fascinating sojourn, this impressive novel resonates with the richness of 3 distinctive cultures, languages, and customs.

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When they reached the Hidatsa and Mandan villages on the river they called the Knife, she had not seen mountains for a long time. She knew that her kinsmen could never rescue her from this powerful tribe so far away from their lands. She wondered if she could live the life that had now become hers. In a dream her bird spirit came to her and pecked at her tongue, sharp and insistent, and she woke with the taste of blood on her teeth. Sacagawea must speak with a new tongue, the bird told her. She clutched the small obsidian figure her mother had placed in her medicine bundle, a tiny bird, all that was left to her from her first life.

Neither spoke the other’s language but all was understood in that long moment. I will live and Pompy will live, she told him with her eyes, and it is your doing. Your spirit is strong. AUGUST 17, 1805 AT THE HEAD OF THE JEFFERSON RIVER Four months after they left the Mandan villages, the party of thirty-one men, one woman, and a baby boy reached the land of the Shoshone, among the first hills of the great mountain range that stood between them and the western ocean. To cross those mountains—the Great Stonies, the Rockies, the Bitterroots—they would need to trade for this tribe’s horses.

They convinced the Mandan chief Sheheke to accompany them downriver and then continue to Washington to visit the Great Father, the better to make known his people’s grievances against the Arikara and the Sioux. Two days later the captains said their goodbyes and prepared to leave. Charbonneau and Sacagawea had decided to remain with Pompy in the Mandan villages, promising to journey to St. Louis when river travel was safer. Lewis was ailing and gave a feeble handshake from the makeshift litter on which he lay.

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