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Plains Indian Trade (Littleton)

Jan 20, 2018

Plains Indian Trade and What a 19th Century Trade Inventory Tells Us about It


Presenter: Mr. Michael Schaubs


On December 2, 1837, a trading party under James C. Robertson left Fort Jackson to trade on the Arkansas River with the Cheyenne Indians in the vicinity of Big Timbers, this being a favored wintering location for these Indians. A further purpose of the trading party may have been to tweak the Bent, St. Vrain & Co, whose primary trading center, Bent’s Fort, was located approximately 60 miles upriver. While many details of the trading party have been lost, the inventory of trade goods with costs has been preserved. This program will discuss typical trading protocols with the Plains Indians and will discuss the distribution and types of goods taken on such trading expeditions.


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