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Ritual GroundBent's Old Fort, World Formation, and the Annexation of the Southwest$
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Douglas Comer

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780520204294

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520204294.001.0001

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Castle on the Plains

Castle on the Plains

(p.90) Chapter 4 Castle on the Plains
Ritual Ground

Douglas C. Comer

University of California Press

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

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