Lewis and Clark
Journal Summary 8: Dates August 13, 1805 - August 29, 1805
is a summary of the journal entries made by Lewis and Clark.
Dates: August 13, 1805 - August 29, 1805
Trading With Sacagawea’s Nation, the Shoshone
August 13, 1805
Meriwether Lewis spotted some Indian women. He managed to
assure them of his peaceful intentions and asked them to
take him to their camp. On route they met up with the Indian
Chief, Cameahawait, and around 60 warriors on horseback.
Lewis and his party were received peacefully and taken to
the Indian camp where they explained their reasons for being
there, and were entertained with pipe smoking, food and
Lewis set off to meet up with Clark. He was accompanied
by Cameahwait and most of the men, and a few women, from
August 17, 1805
They met with Clark and
discovered that their interpreter, Sacagawea, was a sister
of Chief Cameahwait. The meeting was emotional, especially
when Sacagawea was reunited with an Indian woman that had
been kidnapped along with her, but had managed to escape
and return to the village. While talking to the Indians
about the route of the Columbia River they informed Lewis
& Clark that it had a number of falls which made it an unfavorable
August 18, 1805
William Clark prepared
to set off with a small team to test this information, while
Lewis traded some clothing and other items for horses. Clark
and his party set off at 10 o’clock.
Lewis sunk the canoes in a pond and weighted them down with
stones. This would protect them from high water and the
fires that were frequently lit by the Indians. Clark began
his return to the camp having confirmed that the difficulties
described by the Indians made the route impractical.
Clark sent a messenger ahead to Lewis with news of his findings
and a few suggestions of other routes gained from his guide.
Lewis favored the idea of crossing the mountains on horse
and meeting up with the river on the other side. With this
in mind, he purchased more horses from the Indians.