Offered by: Fort Larned
"Cultures Collide" Fort Larned sits along the routes of the Santa Fe Trail which connected Missouri to New Mexico. For thousands of years, Native American peoples crossed the Great Plains for hunting, travel, and trade. For centuries, Spanish and French military men vied with one another and with tribes for dominance of the prairies. Beginning in the 1820s, Americans traders used this route to exchange manufactured goods for gold, silver, and wool from New Mexican merchants. This lucrative trade set in motion six decades of rapid change as American and Mexican citizens poured into and across the heart of the Great Plains. This cultural collision transformed not only European Americans and Hispanic Southwesterners but also the Native American peoples of the Great Plains and the land itself.