November 23, 2007 Subject:
Misconception of the Santa Fe Trail being the only trade route in the Southwest
This small 14 page document by Marshall of Stanford University starts to examine Mexican documents to demonstrate that fur traders had their own established routes before 1831, and that they were fur traders going into Mexico to decimate the beavers of that region. License was given for 35 men to enter Mexico and instead 100 or more entered Mexico for fur trapping and trade for which they were not licensed to do so. The Mexican government was incensed at the wholesale slaughter and decimation of the beaver and made formal complain to the US which appears to have done nothing about the matter.
Pamela R. Tripp -
November 17, 2007 Subject:
American Fur Trade in the Southwest - when Anglo's were Illegals
Marshall presents evidence from the Mexican Archives which shows that Anglo-Americans were illegally trapping in 'New Mexico' to the detriment of Mexican citizens. He notes that St. Vrain's expedition demonstrates that historians have misunderstood the significance of the fur trade.
He criticizes Inman, Crittendon, and Gregg for their misconceptions.
Among the persons mentioned are Kit Carson, Ceran and Julian St. Vrain, E. Bure, Alexander Branch, Louis Dolton, Stone, John Rueland or Roles, Miguel Robideau, Pratt, and Joaquin Joon.