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This map, included in the Report of the Secretary of War, illustrates the route taken by Stephen Watts Kearny and the 1st Dragoons in an 1845 expedition. This expedition began in Fort Leavenworth and proceeded on a circular march, heading northwest on what would later become the Oregon Trail, down along the Rocky Mountains to Mexican territory, and back up via the Santa Fe Trail. This march was intended as a display of the United States' military power, both for the benefit of local Indian tribes and also for the British government, which at this time was trying to exert control over Oregon Territory. The map was drawn by a topgraphical engineer named Lieutenant William B. Franklin. It was published in U.S. serial set 480.

Creator: Franklin, William Buel, 1823-1903
Date: 1845

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This map serves as a companion to other sources about the Kearny expedition, including the journals of Lieutenant Franklin and Lieutenant Turner, as well as Kearny' own report. This map could also be incorporated into discussion of Fort Leavenworth and the military's presence in Kansas prior to white settlement. Note that the mountains labeled as "Black Hills" are the Rocky Mountains, and not the Black Hills of South Dakota.

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Item Number: 210396
Call Number: U.S. Congress. House of Representatives. The Executive Documents. 29th Cong., 1st sess., vol. 1, 1845-6. Series 480. House doc. 2, no. 1.
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210396

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