By: American Pioneer Trails Association
Date of Original: 1945 (circa) Manchester, N.H.
Original Size: 16.5 x 22.25 inches (41.9 x 56.5 cm)
This is a fine print reproduction of an exciting and informative map detailing the route of the legendary Santa Fe Trail that took early settlers from Independence, Missouri to the Spanish Territory of New Mexico and one of America's oldest cities, Santa Fe.
This map illustrates the route in red with a portrait of its most famous pioneer Kit Carson in the middle. His home of Taos and and its unique adobe style buildings are illustrated as is a friar greeting a traveler just outside of old San Miguel Church in Santa Fe. Other vignettes include a portrait of the Kiowa Chief Kicking Bird, a Comanche warrior, Bent's Fort, the Mormon church, Pony Express, and a Spanish Conquistador to name a few. The Santa Fe trail is of great historical importance to the United States for many reasons. In 1846, it served as the path take by General Stephen W. Kearny and his Army of the West during the Mexican-American War in which the American Southwest was taken over by the United States from Mexico.
Additional trails are shown in yellow that correspond to a key just below the title cartouche. These include the Oregon Trail, Pony Express Route, Overland Stage, El Camino Real ( Coronado's March (1540-41), Escalante's Exploration (1776), Fremont's Exploration (1843-44), Butterfield's Denver Stage, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Mormon Trail, to name a few.