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Ritual Ground – Bent's Old Fort, World Formation, and the Annexation of the Southwest - California Scholarship Online
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Ritual Ground: Bent's Old Fort, World Formation, and the Annexation of the Southwest

Douglas Comer

Abstract

From about 1830 to 1849, Bent's Old Fort, located in present-day Colorado on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail, was the largest trading post in the Southwest and the mountain-plains region. Although the raw enterprise and improvisation which characterized the American westward movement seem to have little to do with ritual, this book argues that the fort grew and prospered because of ritual, and that that ritual shaped the subsequent history of the region to an astonishing extent. At Bent's Old Fort, rituals of trade, feasting, gaming, marriage, secret societies, and war, as well as th ... More

Keywords: Bent's Old Fort, Colorado, Santa Fe Trail, ritual, trade, feasting, gaming, marriage, secret societies, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780520204294
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520204294.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Comer, author