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Photo: Letter TPhoto: Pomp's gravehe baby of the Lewis and Clark expedition lived a life as adventuresome as his mother´s.
William Clark never did adopt Jean Baptiste Charbonneau. But he did make good on his promise to pay his living expenses at a St. Louis boarding house and finance his education. Photo: Pomp's grave At about the age his mother was when she met Lewis and Clark, Jean Baptiste met a wealthy German duke named Paul Wilhelm, who was visiting St. Louis. Wilhelm was impressed with the young man and offered to help him with his education. He took him to Europe and financed his studies there. Sacajawea´s son studied European art, music and literature. He could speak English, German, French, Spanish and several Indian languages.
Photo: Virginia Bache Mendez Photo: Lemhi Speak Text "As we were walking to the gravesite, I had a feeling that somebody was hugging me. It was so strong it made me want to cry. My heart was happy and crying at the same time. It made me know for sure he was buried there."  Virginia Bache Mendez,
reflecting on a ceremony at the Oregon gravesite of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau.
Though his education was excellent for his time and could have made him prominent, he preferred life in the wilderness to the trappings of society. Like his father, he spent his early adulthood as a fur trapper, trader and interpreter. Later he served as an alcalde, a judicial and administrative official, in California and mined during the California gold rush.
He was still seeking his fortune, en route to a new strike in Montana, when he became ill and died near what is now Jordan Valley, Ore. He was 61.
A contingent of Shoshoni people joined members of tribes from Nevada and Oregon there in 1999 to perform an American Indian burial ceremony at his grave.

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