The Santa Fe Trail was a trail that was used in the first years of pioneers moving west. Somebody named Blacknell traded with Mexicans that lived in Santa Fe. Next he went back to Virginia. Later when he was repacked up to trade, he went back to Santa Fe. The trail he took began to be followed by pioneers who wanted to settle and trade. It became the Santa Fe Trail. Along the trail a town called Franklin was established in Missouri. A later flood destroyed it. To the west of Franklin, on the trail too, was a town named Independence. It was a shortcut through Missouri. This town was a place to repair wagons. The trail finally ended in the plaza of Santa Fe. There they checked all the goods traders had and later they taxed them depending on what they had. The settlers finally had finished the long journey. I wouldn't like to be on this trail because of the dangers.


Blashfield Jean, The Santa Fe Trail. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2001.