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Lewis & Clark
Journey Leg 11

Among the Shoshone
August 08-24, 1805

On August 11 Lewis spotted an Indian on horseback. It was a Shoshone at last, the first Indian they had seen since Fort Mandan.

The Shoshone led the expedition to his chief, who in a dramatic stroke of luck turned out to be Sacagawea’s brother. Soon the captains—with Sacagawea translating—were bargaining with the chief, Cameahwait, for horses. Without these horses, their chances of reaching the Pacific would likely have been quashed.

At first, a knife and an old shirt were enough to purchase a horse. But the price went up every day, until Clark had to offer his knife, his pistol, and a hundred rounds of ammunition for a single animal. Most of the horses were in poor condition.

The captains also secured information from the Shoshone. An old man of the tribe described a trail that led across the Continental Divide. The trail was used by the Nez Perce, who lived on the far side of the Rockies. Now the expedition had a way over the mountains.


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Clark's Nutcracker
Mountain Goat
Yellow-Bellied Marmot
Lewis Monkeyflower
Rocky Mountain Maple
Western Red Baneberry
Bannock Indians
Shoshone Indians
Beaverhead River
Continental Divide