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Bent's Forts

Added by Nick Johnson on 05/06/2016 - 10:52, last changed on 04/07/2017 - 16:43

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...

Mistanta (Owl Woman)

Added by yongli on 11/16/2015 - 13:44, last changed on 09/10/2016 - 06:19
Mistanta (Mis-stan-stur, ca. 1810–47), also known as Owl Woman, was the Southern Cheyenne wife of the American trader William Bent . Born about 1810, she is credited with helping maintain good relations between the white settlers and the Native Americans of the Colorado plains. As the eldest...

William Bent

Added by yongli on 12/29/2015 - 11:23, last changed on 05/02/2017 - 15:39
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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