En route to the Pacific and eager to devise a guns-for-horses trade needed to complete his journey, Meriwether Lewis— the ill-fated prospecting partner of William Clark— mastered just one Shoshone phrase with which to greet the tribe should he stumble upon them. Although he believed it meant "white man," the declaration actually translated into "stranger" or "enemy." Foolishly, Lewis had left behind Sacagawea, who knew both their language and practices, and, after he spent days of fruitless searching, the first Shoshone he encountered fled, returning only with a... More >>>