Santa Fe Trail

The Santa Fe <<SAN tuh FAY>> Trail was an extended path from Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Many merchants and vacationers used the path earlier than railroads have been constructed throughout the USA. The path was about 780 miles (1,260 kilometers) lengthy.

When William Becknell opened the path in 1821, it started in Franklin, Missouri.However for many of its historical past, the path began in Independence, Missouri. It led from Missouri to the Arkansas River close to Cimarron, Kansas. There it cut up. Its northern department adopted the Arkansas River into Colorado after which turned southwest. Its southern department reduce throughout a large, dry plain. The southern department was shorter however held extra hazard from Indian assaults. Each branches led to Santa Fe. From there, a path referred to as the Previous Spanish Trail continued west to Los Angeles.

Individuals often traveled the Santa Fe Trail on horses or in wagons. Between 1822 and 1843, a mean of about eighty wagons and one hundred fifty individuals used the path annually. The numbers grew within the 1850’s and 1860’s. By the late 1860’s, greater than 5,000 wagons a yr used the path.

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