2019 September 1 in 1821

Author: Muruga
Sector: Today in History
Industry: History


William Becknell leads an expedition of traders on to form the Santa Fe Trail


1 September 1821

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Sometimes, all a man needs to blaze a trail is for the world to blaze a hole in his wallet. This was the case in William Becknell’s life when he became sunken in heavy financial burden. To remedy his debt, Becknell took advantage of Mexico’s newfound independence from Spain to foster trade ties between Missouri and Santa Fe. Residents of the river city welcomed the bounty of goods that his horses brought. Furs, silver, products woven from wool and livestock were some of the essential items that were traded. However, it won’t be entirely accurate to say that these were ‘happy tails.’ The trip from Missouri to Santa Fe was not ideal for the novice backpacker. On their journey to the river city, his expedition met with a myriad of hardships largely attributed to the harsh climate of the trail. At last, the man-made It through with his posse and went on to lead two other trips in 1822 and 1824, each witnessing an exponential rise in his profits. Becknell was later appointed as a Justice of the Peace for Saline County, Missouri, in 1827.

Citations:
  1. “Santa Fe Trail,” National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 2 November 2017,
  2. Agnew, Brad. “Fur trappers and traders,” Oklahoma Historical Society,
  3. “Santa Fe Trail History, William Becknell 1821,” American West Virtual Library,

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