Heroes of the Santa Fe Trail, 1821-1900 by Randy D. Smith

By Randy D. Smith

Heroes of the Santa Fe path is the made from a long time of fundamental learn through a author who has lived all of his lifestyles within the shadow the Trail’s legacy. This e-book tells the dramatic tale of the boys and women—Hispanic, Anglo, and local American—who settled the West and offers insights now not quite often discovered in different places. From the Hispanic Jaramillo and Chavez households of the Rio Grande Valley to the legacy of Ham Bell, a nonviolent guy who made extra arrests than any sidestep urban lawman, Heroes relates the violent, comedian, and sometimes tragic adventures of the pioneers of the early Santa Fe path.

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During late September of 1828, tragic events changed the entire nature of the Santa Fe trade. The first caravan of the season, under the leadership of Bill Sublette and M. M. Marmaduke, was returning to Missouri after a highly profitable and uneventful trek. Two traders, Daniel Munroe and a young man named McNees, rode ahead of the caravan. About 40 miles southwest of the Cimarron River, while napping on the banks of a small stream, later named McNees Creek, they were shot with their own weapons.

The markets held at a lower profit margin in Santa Fe because it became a distribution point from which goods could be distributed elsewhere. As the Mexicans developed these markets, the profit margins in Santa Fe again began to climb in reaction to increased demand. The only way to get the goods any cheaper was to go to Missouri or farther east and purchase them directly, which is exactly what the Mexican traders did within only a year after the trade route opened. Many Americans vastly underestimated the abilities of the Mexicans as trade rivals.

When Charles arrived home he found a full house. Fearing the rebellious native population that roamed the streets and not having their husbands at home, Kit Carson's wife, Josefa, a sister of Ignacia, and Ingacia's daughter, Rumalda, wife of Tom Boggs, had temporarily moved into the Bent home. Neither of the girls was out of their teens and they were frightened by the threats, demonstrations and sounds of gunfire raging throughout the pueblo. Several others were waiting in the house to talk to Bent and urge him to flee before the situation got out of hand.

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