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Bent's Forts

Added by Nick Johnson on 05/06/2016 - 10:52, last changed on 10/20/2017 - 13:30

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...

William Bent

Added by yongli on 12/29/2015 - 11:23, last changed on 11/16/2017 - 01:07
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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