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Kristina Brem ID:3018162 History of the United States 1301-33411 Lesson #13, Enrichment Idea #1 Sacagawea and The Golden Dollar Sacagawea and The Golden Dollar During U.S. History, there have been a numerous amount of influences and changes within the U.S. currency designs. One of the most common coins that we see today, is known as the Golden Dollar. The golden dollar features an eagles surrounded by 17 stars, representing the 17 colonies of the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition. On the obverse side, is the beautiful impression of an Indian woman, and as we call her, Sacagawea. The real questions are, why she was chosen to be on the face of a U.S. coin, what process is used to select someone to be on the currency and who else may be in consideration for the future? In order to understand why she was selected to be on the Golden Dollar, starts with her history. Growing up, she came from a Shoshone tribe and was later kidnapped around age 11. She was then sold to a French fur trader, who made her his wife. In route to the Pacific Northwest, Lewis and Clark came along hiring her husband and her to aid with the expedition. The primary reasoning why they had selected them, was due to her ability to speak multiple Indian languages and provide contacts to her original Shoshone tribe. This made the expedition of Lewis and Clark way more compatible with the treacherous trip across the plains and Rockies.
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