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Prior to 1821, Spain controlled all of what is now Mexico and the Southwestern United States and largely kept its borders closed to trade with its neighbors, including the fledgling US. Then in 1821, Mexico won its independence from Spain and welcomed trade with the US. That same year, William Becknell took full advantage of the opportunity and organized a trading expedition. Becknell blazed a trail from Franklin, Missouri to Santa Fe, creating what would soon be known as the "Santa Fe Road."  Over the next 60 years the trail carried untold numbers of traders, both Mexican and American, between the two nations. Legendary figures such as Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok, and many more spent time traversing this dusty and dangerous road. 


This historical map artfully illustrates the full extent of the original trail, as well as significant campsites, crossings, historical landmarks, murder sites, and much more.  Available nowhere else, this map features original research and design by Bad Hoss Map Company. 


Features illustrated on this map include:

  • the historic extent of the Santa Fe Trail as well as other major roads of the era

  • significant campsites, murder sites, landmarks, springs and more

  • illustrated progression of the railroad which lead to the demise of the trail 

  • detailed topography and rivers

  • authentic old-west styling


This premium wall map is printed on museum-grade fine art paper or canvas with a matte finish and is the perfect means to bring this unique digital artwork to life. Each map is printed with top-tier pigmented archival inks for excellent printing results ideal for framing.

Historical Map of the Santa Fe Trail

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