| Traders and
merchants in the area around St. Louis had been interested in trading with Santa Fe for
years. The major problem was that the Spanish officials governing Santa Fe
did not like
the idea. Then in 1821, the Mexican people secured their independence from Spanish
authorities. At first, the Mexican authorities who replaced the Spanish in Santa Fe
resisted trading with the Americans. For one thing, the Mexican authorities imposed taxes on
Ruts in the Prairie Made by
Wagons Traveling to Santa Fe.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Colorado
| Even so,
American traders soon began sending wagons full of goods to trade in Santa Fe. In
exchange, the Americans traded for silver, furs and hides, and mules and horses, among
other things. Before long, a very extensive trade developed between St. Louis and Santa
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