Bound for Santa Fe: The Road to New Mexico and the American Conquest, 1806-1848

Bound for Santa Fe: The Road to New Mexico and the American Conquest, 1806-1848

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by Stephen G. Hyslop
     
 

ISBN-10: 0806133899

ISBN-13: 9780806133898

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

Draws on eyewitness accounts to tell the story of the fabled Santa Fe Trail

For nearly half a century, the Santa Fe Trail served as an avenue of exchange, where transactions ranged from friendly give-and-take to guarded trade to lethal attempts to settle scores. In 1846, the trail became the means for American seizure of Mexican territory—yet the

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Draws on eyewitness accounts to tell the story of the fabled Santa Fe Trail

For nearly half a century, the Santa Fe Trail served as an avenue of exchange, where transactions ranged from friendly give-and-take to guarded trade to lethal attempts to settle scores. In 1846, the trail became the means for American seizure of Mexican territory—yet the economic and cultural exchanges continued even in the midst of war. In Bound for Santa Fe, Stephen G. Hyslop draws on eyewitness accounts to retrace the journey from Missouri to New Mexico, weaving together nearly one hundred accounts by scores of people who traveled the trail.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806133898
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.64(h) x 1.36(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface ix

Part 1 The Santa Fe Trail as an Avenue of Exchange (1806-1848) 1

1 The Ambiguous Venture of Zebulon Pike (1806-1807) 3

2 Many Nations to Contend With (1808-1821) 21

3 Foundations of the Trade (1821-1829) 33

4 Authors on the Trail (1829-1848) 52

Part 2 The Road to New Mexico (1821-1846) 81

5 Embarking from St. Louis 83

6 Franklin: Cradle of the Trade 99

7 The Lure of Independence 111

8 Rendezvous at Council Grove 130

9 Into Buffalo Country 148

10 Conflict at the Crossing 162

11 Out along the Cimarron 181

12 Bent's Fort and Beyond 192

13 Coming into New Mexico 229

14 Accommodation in the Marketplace 255

15 Paths to Conflict 275

Part 3 The American Conquest (1846-1848) 303

16 Gathering at Bent's Fort 305

17 A Bloodless Bid for Santa Fe 325

18 The Travails of Occupation 343

19 Reckoning die Rio Grande 370

20 Uprising at Taos 381

21 Descent to Chihuahua 404

22 Costs and Consequences 424

Notes 437

Bibliography 481

Index 494

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Provides an excellent understanding of life on the trail. The reader will believe they have been transported back in time. Great synopsis of differences between white, Indian, and Hispanic cultures.