The history of Bent’s Old Fort, encompassing the interaction among diverse cultures, including American Indian peoples, along the borderlands of Mexico and the United States, provides an opportunity to explore ideas of security, sovereignty, and culture in the American West. This isolated trading post and its company stores in Santa Fe and Taos, brought the Plains and Pueblo Indians, Mexicans, and Americans together for trade. Business, family, and political relationships developed that forever changed their lives. The interpretive tours and demonstrations relate well to Colorado State teaching standards for history providing fine examples of historical relationships and inquiry, societal changes, economic systems, and social processes and how they shaped populations.
Did You Know?
Bent’s Fort was the only place on the Santa Fe Trail where wagons could be repaired and supplies replenished. Typically it would take 50 to 60 days or more for ox drawn wagons to make the 600 mile journey from Missouri. It would still be another month of travel before they reached Santa Fe.