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The Santa Fe Trail

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1820s - 1870s - Santa Fe Trail


  1. Research the Santa Fe Trail taking notes while using a URL site, an encyclopedia and a picture book.
  2. As a character along the Santa Fe Trail, use the notes to create an illustrated journal containing 6 - 7 entries which reveal important incidents and discoveries.
  3. Organize a focused narrative which:
    • includes background information about how and why the Santa Fe Trail came about
    • contains information of what happened along the Santa Fe Trail
    • uses supporting details to explain how the use of the Santa Fe Trail affected the growth history of the United States!
  4. Create an artifact packet (use a gallon plastic bag) display poster which includes primary source documents, miniature props, and a descriptive index of the contents related to the Santa Fe Trail.

Online resources:
  1. Santa Fe Trail challenge based on selected readings to support the challenge
  2. Follow the Santa Fe Trail in a Conestoga wagon, named for the Pennsylvania valley in which it was built by German settlers. Experience the daily jobs that children would do and the other types of wagons they would see along the trail.
  3. In 1857, William Thornton left a journal of his travels to New Mexico.
  4. Forts across the Santa Fe Trail: 1833 - Bents Old Fort (La Junta, CO) | 1851 - Fort Union (New Mexico) | 1859 - Fort Larned (Kansas)
  1. Lavender, David. The Santa Fe Trail

As of December 4, 2003, you are visitor to explore the Santa Fe Trail.

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