Colorado profiles: men and women who shaped the centennial by John H. Monnett

By John H. Monnett

This renowned quantity, to be had back in paperback, provides the interesting historical past of Colorado even though the lives of thirty-two of its so much noteworthy electorate, either well-known and vague, who helped to form Colorado as we all know it this day. between these featured are: Black Kettle (Cheyenne chief); David Day (outspoken newspaper editor of the San Juans); Anne Bassett (feisty farm animals rancher); Lewis fee (real property entrepreneur); Casimiro Barela (legendary lawmaker from Trinidad); Josephine Roche (social activist and labour organiser); Jefferson Randolph 'Soapy' Smith (infamous con-man) and Enos generators (conservationist and park advocate).

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What a strange people this. They are not to be called cowards; take them in mass they are brave.... " Despite these impressions, Susan could not escape the reality of Manifest Destiny set in motion by Stephen Watts Kearny's Army of the West. The federal government had designated Bent's Fort as the advance base for Kearny's planned invasion of New Mexico. Acting under secret orders, the general's objective was to seize Santa Fe and then drive across the desert to link up with John C. Fremont's "Bear Flag" army in California so that the United States would possess the coveted northern provinces before the great Mexican Army of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna could take the field.

She died prematurely in 1852 shortly after giving birth to a fourth child. She was buried in Bell-Fontaine Cemetery in St. Louis. The chronicles of her journey give us perhaps the most unbiased assessment of the Mexican culture as it evolved from its Spanish roots through the era of Manifest Destiny to become an integral part of Colorado's heritage. It is the responsibility of present and future generations to recognize and utilize the elements of that rich culture for the betterment of the state and its people.

The settlers of Colorado Territory had the chance to witness the martial skills of the Southern Cheyenne and Arapahoe during the summer of 1864. During the initial gold strikes in Colorado, emigrants passed through the Indian land mostly unmolested, exacting little more than curiosity. After the Treaty of Fort Wise in 1861, however, the prime buffalo hunting grounds near the foothills of the Front Range were ceded by the peace chiefs Black Kettle and his close ally, seventy-five-year-old White Antelope.

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