During the height of the Fur Trade, Bent’s Fort established itself as one of the most important trading posts in the West. As the only major permanent settlement along the Sante Fe Trail, it served as a hub of commercial and cultural exchange for Cheyenne and Arapahoe Plains Indians and American trappers, and a stopping point for the US Army, explorers and settlers.

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Lesson Plans

Grades 3-5

Grades 6-8

Additional Reading

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Pioneer Society of Bent County

Colorado Encyclopedia

History Colorado



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