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The Santa Fe Trail: Its History, Legends, and Lore

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From 1610, when the Spanish founded the city of Santa Fe, to the 1860s, when the railroad brought unprecedented changes: here is the full, fascinating story of the great Santa Fe Trail which ran between Missouri and Kansas and New Mexico--a lifeline to and from the Southwest for more than two centuries.

Drawing from letters, journals, expedition reports, business records, and newspaper stories, David Dary--one of our foremost historians of the Old West--brings to life the people who laid down the trail and opened commerce with Spanish America: Native Americans and mountain men, traders, trappers, and freighters, surveyors and soldiers, men and women of many different nationalities. Their firsthand accounts let us experience up close the spectacular scenery; the details of camping out in both friendly and hostile Indian territory; the constant danger from natural disasters or sudden attack; the hardworking, often maverick men who were employed on the wagon trains; the pleasures and entertainments at the southern end of the journey.

The book makes clear how in the early years trade started and stopped at the whim of the Spanish, and how the trail finally grew and prospered, bringing the settlement of new towns and the creation of new wealth along the route. We also learn how the rapid spread of the railroads across the country inexorably replaced the long caravans of mule- and ox-drawn wagons, and the way of life they represented.

With his comprehensive knowledge and his exceptional storytelling skills, David Dary has given us a vivid re-creation of an important time and place in American history.

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Tells the story of the Santa Fe Trail, which ran between Missouri and Kansas and New Mexico, from 1610 when the Spanish founded the city of Santa Fe, to the 1860s, when the railroad brought unprecedented changes. Firsthand accounts by native Americans, trappers, soldiers, and men and women of many nationalities give insight on daily life camping in friendly and hostile Indian territory, danger from natural disasters, and the pleasures at the southern end of the journey. Includes b&w photos and illustrations. Dary is retired from the school of journalism at the University of Oklahoma.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Drawing from letters, diaries, reports, and first-hand reminiscences, one of the foremost historians of the Old West flushes out the story of the men and women who opened commerce with Spanish America along the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and New Mexico. 110 photos, maps, & drawings.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-354) and index.

About the Author

David Dary, a native of Manhattan, Kansas, worked for CBS News and NBC News in Texas and Washington, D.C., and for many years taught journalism at the University of Kansas. He then headed the School of Journalism at the University of Oklahoma, from which he recently retired. Dary is the author of eight previous books on the West: The Buffalo Book, True Tales of the Old-Time Plains, Cowboy Culture, True Tales of Old-Time Kansas, More True Tales of Old-Time Kansas, Entrepreneurs of the Old West, Seeking Pleasure in the Old West, and Red Blood and Black Ink. He is the recipient of a Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Award, two Western Writers of America Spur Awards, and the Westerners International Best Nonfiction Book Award. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.

Table of Contents

  1. 1.From conquest to de Oänate, 1492-1610
  2. 2.Attraction of Santa Fe, 1610-1762
  3. 3.Trails to Santa Fe, 1762-1807
  4. 4.Destination Santa Fe, 1807-1822
  5. 5.Santa Fe Trail, 1822-1825
  6. 6.Surveying the road to Santa Fe, 1825-1827
  7. 7.Business of trade, 1821-1829
  8. 8.Growth of trade, 1830-1835
  9. 9.Over the Trail, 1835-1840
  10. 10.Years of change, 1840-1845
  11. 11.Mexican War and the Santa Fe trade, 1846-1848
  12. 12.Forts, emigrants, and freighting, 1849-1852
  13. 13.New tensions and trade, 1853-1860
  14. 14.Civil War, 1861-1865
  15. 15.Slow death of the Trail, 1866-1880
  16. 16.Legacy of the Trail, 1880-2000.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375403613
Subtitle:
Its History, Legends, and Lore
Author:
Dary, David
Publisher:
Knopf
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Old West
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
7310-8
Publication Date:
20001114
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
111 PHOTOGRAPHS IN TEXT
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.58x6.68x1.30 in. 1.63 lbs.

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