What John Charles Fremont Didn't See: Rethinking the West of the 1840s Lecture
Many people passed through the area that became Colorado prior to the Gold Rush of 1859. The maps and images that John Frémont and his wife, Jessie, created during their travels west in the 1840s forever changed how Americans saw the region. But Frémont saw empty land awaiting settlement. Large Native nations, vibrant multiethnic trade systems, and complex imperial designs eluded his view. Join Dr. Anne Hyde of Colorado College as she reconsiders what Frémont saw and offers a new view of the Rocky Mountain West in the 1840s.