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WritingAssignment1-COHist - Fur trade on the Santa Fe Trail...

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Fur trade on the Santa Fe Trail was a vital part of the commerce throughout the plains during the nineteenth century. The trading of fur became increasingly prominent and convenient with the building of Bent’s Fort, created by William and Charles Bent, in between what are now the towns of La Junta and Las Animas, Colorado. The Santa Fe Trail provided a pathway from Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Posts such as Fort St. Vrain near Platteville, Colorado, Fort Adobe in Texas, and Bent’s Fort, allowed for trappers, Native Americans, and others to trade goods effectively and peacefully. Bent, St. Vrain and Company was the owner of the most profitable and competitive trading posts in the region, and allowed the fur trading industry to become a commercial success. Bent’s Fort attracted a wide variety of traders along the Santa Fe Trail, as well as many of the Native Americans within the local plains region. The wide diversity of its visitors was, perhaps, a factor that lent to its success in the trading industry. Bent’s Fort attracted those from Native American backgrounds, as well as government officials,
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This note was uploaded on 09/06/2010 for the course HIST HIST 225 taught by Professor Ccconline during the Spring '10 term at Colorado.

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