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  • Christopher Houston "Kit" Carson (1809 - 1868)
    Carson was an American frontiersman. He was eight years old when his father was killed by a falling tree while clearing land. Lindsey Carson's death reduced the Carson family to a desperate poverty, fo...
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    Asahel "Asa" Lomax (1787 - bef.1870)
    Asahel "Asa" Lomax (1787-1850/50). He was a millstone cutter and a farmer. Some researchers believe he was a quarter Cherokee, through his grandmother Rachel Hare .In March 1810, he was a witness in a ...
  • Elias Brevoort (1822 - d.)
    Elias Brevoort (1822-??) - Frontiersman, trader, and author, Brevoort was well acquainted with the Santa Fe Trail and southwest.
  • Francis Ziba Branch (1802 - 1874)
    Francis Ziba Branch (1802-1874) - Sailor, trapper and trader, Branch was born on July 24, 1802 in Cayuga County, New York. When he grew up, he became a sailor working on the Great Lakes. In 1830, he jo...
  • Alexander K. Branch (1798 - 1841)
    Alexander K. Branc h (1798-1841) - Frontiersman and trapper, Branch was born in Virginia. However, when he grew up, he went west and was in Taos, New Mexico by 1825. He then spent several years trappin...

The Santa Fe Trail was a 19th-century transportation route through central North America that connected Franklin, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. Pioneered in 1821 by William Becknell, it served as a vital commercial highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. Santa Fe was near the end of the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro which carried trade from Mexico City.

The route crossed Comancheria, the territory of the Comanches, who demanded compensation for granting passage to the trail. Americans routinely assaulted the Comanches along the trail, finding it unacceptable that they had to pay a fee for passage to Santa Fe, and soon, all Comanches fled the area, opening up the area to American settlement.

The Trail was used as the 1846 U.S. invasion route of New Mexico during the Mexican–American War.

After the U.S. acquisition of the Southwest ending the Mexican–American War, the trail helped open the region to U.S. economic development and settlement, playing a vital role in the expansion of the U.S. into the lands it had acquired. The road route is commemorated today by the National Park Service as the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. A highway route that roughly follows the trail's path through the entire length of Kansas, the southeast corner of Colorado and northern New Mexico has been designated as the Santa Fe Trail National Scenic Byway.

Source: Santa Fe Trail at Wikipedia