Fort Mandan, North Dakota: October 26, 1804 - April 7, 1805

Fort Mandan was the site of the expedition's first winter camp. They stayed for five months, often visited by neighboring Mandan and Hidatsa tribes. It was here that Lewis and Clark met Charbonneau, a Frenchman who lived with the Hidatsa and had two Shoshone wives. Charbonneau joined the expedition as translator and his wife, Sacagawea, also agreed to come as a guide. During the winter, Sacagawea gave birth to her first child, Jean Baptiste. It was from this camp that the explorers also sent the keelboat and several expedition members back down the river.
 

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