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Bent's Forts

  • Bent's Old Fort

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    Inside Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site.
    Bent's Old Fort
  • Plaza, Bent's Old Fort Historic Site

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    View of the plaza within Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site. In the 1830s and '40s, Native Americans, Anglo-Americans, and Hispanos met in the plaza to conduct trade.
    Plaza, Bent's Old Fort Historic Site
  • Bent's New Fort Plan

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    In 1849 a decline in the bison hide trade forced William Bent to close his original trading post and open a new one farther down the Arkansas River. This sketch by archaeologist Michelle A. Slaughter outlines the layout of the new fort (click for larger image).
    Bent's New Fort Plan
  • Richard Carrillo

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    Richard Carrillo explains excavation results at Bent’s New Fort. At the time of his death in 2014, Carrillo was the preeminent Southeastern Colorado archaeologist and historian and was working on a project at Bent’s New Fort.
    Richard Carrillo
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