Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The French and the Santa Fe Trail
Etienne Veniard, Sieur de Bourgmont, surveyed the lower Missouri for Louis XIV in 1713, and set out overland from Kawsmouth to Santa Fe for the Regent, the Duc d'Orleans, and the Company of the Indies a decade later. Sickness and cold weather turned him back. He recovered in time to return and hold an immense pow-wow with the Comanches and others in the vicinity of Ellsworth, Kansas, gave them extravagant gifts, and obtained a treaty which opened the Santa Fe Trail to the French.
The direct overland prairie journey from Kawsmouth was a well-known French route to Taos and Santa Fe, used not only by Bourgmont, but also by many French military, priests and robust coureurs-de-bois
The Spanish at Santa Fe in 1795 sent a Frenchman, Pedro (Pierre) Vial, to reopen direct overland trade with the Missouri River communities. Sacajawae's son, "Bap" Charbonneau, part French and an 1823 resident of "Chez les Canses" (the early French name for Kansas City), later worked for the famous Santa Fe Trail traders, Bent & St. Vrain.
Erected by Chouteau Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Santa Fe Trail marker series.
Location. 39° 3.162′ N, 94° 35.494′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue on Westport Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64111, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McCoy's Trading Post (here, next to this marker); The Albert G. Boone Store Original Site of Harris House (within shouting distance of this marker); Action Before Westport (within shouting distance of this marker); Three Trails West (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alexander Majors (about 400 feet away); John Calvin McCoy (about 400 feet away); James Bridger (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
More about this marker. This marker is in a small pocket park just to the southwest of intersection of Westport Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. Westport is a major entertainment area and parking is at a premium on Friday and Saturday nights. As of July 27, 2015, a building is being erected on the site where the marker once stood. It is not certain where the marker will be placed once construction is finished.
Also see . . .
1. Santa Fe National Historical Trail. Take a journey between western Missouri and Santa Fe on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. (Submitted on July 25, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
2. Chouteau Society. This is the link to the group that furnished the marker. (Submitted on July 25, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
3. Legends of America. History, Information, Maps, etc., of the Santa Fe Trail. (Submitted on July 25, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
4. “With Each Turn of the Wheel”. KMNE – Channel 5 production. This video is almost an hour, so allow time. (Submitted on July 25, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
5. Westport Historical Society. Link to the history of the area that is Westport. (Submitted on July 25, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas.)
Additional keywords. Santa Fe Trail
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. This page has been viewed 2,206 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on July 26, 2015, by Michael W. Kruse of Kansas City, Missouri. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 25, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. 4. submitted on September 11, 2009, by Thomas Onions of Olathe, Kansas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.