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Maps have historically been tools of empire. Maps of the routes of the Lewis and Clark expedition have tended to represent the West as empty country, there for the exploring and taking. This sketch map of a portion of the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, made by historian Laura Tolman Scott for a 1932 biography of Sacagawea, is a little different.

Sacagawea has been an enduring symbol of American womanhood, of peace, and of the American nation.  She has been portrayed not only in historical work, but also in novels, paintings, sculpture, and even musical theater, and most recently, on the new golden dollar coin, carrying her baby on her back.  She continues to embody the complicated choices indigenous people made as they encountered the ambitions and expansions of the United States.


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