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Castle on the Plains

Douglas C. Comer

in Ritual Ground

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1996 | ISBN: 9780520204294
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520204294.003.0004
Castle on the Plains

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This chapter examines the events associated with the establishment of Bent's Old Fort. It explains that the fort was established by the trading company of the Bent brothers and operated within a previously existing trading network with roots in a prehistoric trade between villagers and nomads of at least six hundred years ago. The chapter also looks at the initial entry of Europeans into similar trading systems in the East, which had profound effects in the Native American cultures even before permanent European settlements were established.

Keywords: Bent's Old Fort; Bent brothers; trading network; prehistoric trade; Europeans; trading system; Native American cultures

Chapter.  13268 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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