In the frontier town of Independence, Missouri, a commercial route for goods to and from Europe developed into a sophisticated international network of overland trade with Mexico. To trade goods, western Missouri entrepreneurs relied on the cooperative support and interactions of Anglos, Hispanos, Native Americans, Jews, Irish, free blacks, slaves, and women in order to succeed. Here William Patrick O'Brien examines the complexity of U.S. and Mexican trade alliances from 1827 to 1860 and how traders built consensus among individuals and various governmental and economic systems. The groups used in this study have been selected to underscore the town�s diverse and polyglot nature and to dispel the notion of any homogeneous base. Cultural convergence, cooperation, conflict, and their consequences all played a part to make this strategic locale on the Missouri River a challenging and premier American center for trade on the Santa Fe Trail.
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About the Author
William P. O�Brien is cultural resource specialist for the National Park Service Intermountain Region�s Desert Southwest CESU. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Readers approaching literature of this nature with the current Post-Modern biases will be very much pleased with Dr. O'Brien's overall general tone, as well as with his specifically sharpened lenses of viewpoint. A good historian tries at minimum to convey rational points needful in understanding human being's actions far outside one's own mortal experience. A great historian not only cognitively captures minds, but inspires emotive soulful connections with these exochronic humans such that co-presence with them is experienced. O'Brien obtains both of these goals. Well conveyed history also disciplines, sometimes cruelly. O'Brien very much reflects a more effective means by educating, enveloping, and encouraging, rather than punishing. This despite having chosen a rather punitive historical context from which to instruct. Those of us who pride ourselves on having finally become globally connected, educated, and cooperatively aligned, may have to rethink the notion that this is "something we have just recently achieved, and will now, always have." Ouch! A lessen skillfully delivered without violence, and enrichingly received without need of fear! Thank You Sir! May we have another??? This one of a kind focus is a golden nomisma regni for the serious student exploring the region where the 3 trails heading west began.