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Who was Jean Baptiste Charbonneau?

  • Parents: Toussaint Charbonneau and his wife Sacagawea.
  • Lived from 1805 to 1866.
  • Was 55 days old when the Corps left Fort Mandan with him strapped to his mother's back.
  • Nickname: Pompy. This seems to have come from Capt. William Clark, but no one is sure what it meant.
  • Lived with Capt. William Clark in St. Louis, to attend school, from age 6 to age 18.
  • Went to Europe until he was 24 years old, as a guest of German prince Maximilian of Wied-Neuwied.
  • After returning to the U.S. in 1829, he worked as a guide and mountain man, and was known to recite Shakespeare around mountain campfires.
  • Worked with Kit Carson, and guided John C. Frémont.
  • Died of illness on his way to Montana to join its gold rush, and was buried in Oregon.














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