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Christopher Kit Carson

Christopher Kit Carson
Creator: McMillen, Z. P.
Date: Between 1856 and 1859
This is a carte de visite showing Christopher Kit Carson, explorer, trapper, Indian agent, and scout. Carson explored the west to California and north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among and married into the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes. He was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide, and led the expedition through much of California, Oregon and the Great Basin area. He achieved national fame through Fremont's accounts of his expeditions. During the Mexican-American war from 1846 to 1848, Carson was a courier and scout, celebrated for his rescue mission after the Battle of San Pasqual and for his coast-to-coast journey from California to Washington, DC to deliver news of the war to the U.S. government. In the 1850s, he was appointed Indian Agent to the Ute and Jicarilla Apaches. In the Civil War, he led a regiment of mostly Hispanic volunteers on the side of the Union at the Battle of Valverde in 1862. Later during the Indian Wars, Carson led armies to pacify the Navajo, Mescalero Apache, and the Kiowa and Comanche Indians.

Kit Carson and the Ute Indian Commission

Kit Carson and the Ute Indian Commission
Creator: Brady's National Portrait Galleries
Date: 1868
D.C. Oakes (upper left), Lafayette Head (upper right), Christopher "Kit" Carson (lower left), and Hiram P. Bennett (lower right).

Kit Carson home, Taos, New Mexico

Kit Carson home, Taos, New Mexico
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: Around 1928
Kit Carson's home, located in the center of Taos, New Mexico, was photographed by Louis Palenske on his trip across the Old Santa Fe Trail. Today, the Kit Carson House operates as a museum to the famed frontiersman. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Treaty between the United States of America and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Indians

Treaty between the United States of America and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Indians
Creator: United States
Date: October 14, 1865
This item, a treaty signed between the U.S. and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, was concluded on October 14, 1865, and proclaimed on February 2, 1867, during the presidency of Andrew Johnson. The treaty deliberations took place at a camp along the Arkansas River in Kansas, and was led by U.S. Commissioners John Sanborn, William Carney, Thomas Murphy, Kit Carson, William Bent, Jesse Henry Leavenworth (son of General Henry Leavenworth), and James Steele.

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