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Bent's Forts

Added by Nick Johnson on 05/06/2016 - 10:52, last changed on 03/27/2018 - 08:26

Bent's Old Fort

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In the early and mid-nineteenth century, when the western United States was in a seemingly unending state of flux as people competed for dominance over the land and its resources, three men moved to what would eventually become southeastern Colorado and there established a trading and commercial...

Fort Jackson

Added by yongli on 05/03/2016 - 15:46, last changed on 08/25/2017 - 20:40
In the summer of 1837, Henry Fraeb and Peter Sarpy arrived at a location on the South Platte River a few miles north of present-day Fort Lupton . They arrived with $10,909.75 worth of goods for trade with the Cheyenne and Arapaho who frequented the area. Upon arrival, Fraeb and Sarpy began...

Fort Uncompahgre

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 16:13, last changed on 01/04/2018 - 01:07
Fort Uncompahgre was constructed in 1828 by Antoine Robidoux , a trader based out of Mexican Santa Fé. The trading post was situated about two miles down from the confluence of the Gunnison and Uncompahgre Rivers near the present-day community of Delta in western Colorado. The precise location of...

Nineteenth-Century Trading Posts

Added by yongli on 04/06/2015 - 15:43, last changed on 01/09/2018 - 01:07
The historic fur trade era in the Colorado region, which began in the early nineteenth century, ushered in a period of direct contact between Native Americans and whites. By this time, the hides and robes provided by Colorado’s furbearing animals had become valuable commodities in American and...

Old Spanish National Historic Trail

Added by yongli on 06/12/2015 - 15:58, last changed on 01/04/2018 - 01:07
The Old Spanish Trail was designated a national historic trail by an act of Congress in 2002. From 1829 to 1848, the major trade route extended 2,700 miles between Santa Fé de Nuevo Mexico (Santa Fe, New Mexico), and Alta California (Los Angeles, California). Mexico’s independence from Spain in...

Overland Trail

Added by yongli on 03/11/2016 - 16:42, last changed on 08/29/2017 - 08:07
The Overland Trail was an important nineteenth-century corridor for explorers and traders that ran from Atchison, Kansas, to Fort Bridger, Wyoming. It followed preexisting Native American trails throughout most of its length. The Overland Trail followed the Oregon Trail across Nebraska but veered...

Santa Fé Trail

Added by yongli on 08/21/2015 - 11:11, last changed on 09/04/2018 - 01:07
The Santa Fé Trail was an international overland route of both commerce and social interaction, joining the US prairie state of Missouri with the province of México Nuevo, Mexico, through much of the nineteenth century. Though its specific date of origin is unclear, it appears to have been the...

The Fur Trade in Colorado

Added by yongli on 10/30/2015 - 13:26, last changed on 12/10/2018 - 09:11
The trading of animal skins has been a prominent activity throughout the known human occupation of Colorado. These skins—as hides, furs, or robes—provided protection from the elements as well as a valuable commodity traded for economic gain; their trade strengthened and maintained political...

William Bent

Added by yongli on 12/29/2015 - 11:23, last changed on 12/28/2017 - 13:41
William Bent (1809–69) played a pivotal role in the early development of Colorado. He initially came to the area as a fur trapper but became a liaison between whites and Native Americans via his trading fort on the Arkansas River near present-day La Junta . The Santa Fé Trail was the strategic...
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