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Title: Kit Carson

Description: Kit Carson (Christopher Houston Carson; AKA: Kit; 1809-1868), American frontiersman, scout, explorer, and pioneer, standing left, and John Charles Fremont (1813-1890), American military officer, explorer and pioneer; sitting right; Carson, considered to be one of the greatest scouts of the Old West (from the Rockies to California) accompanied Fremont of three separate exploring missions; in 1842, the pair (they met by chance on a Missouri River steamboat) led an expedition that detailed and mapped the Oregon Trail and Fremont's report of this experience, including shooting rapids and fighting off Indians, made him famous when it was published (a best-seller), one that also accurately portrayed the cautious, level-headed Carson as a super scout; their second expedition in 1843-1844 failed to find a central passage through the Rockies, but provided a detailed report that corrected many mistakes made in earlier maps (these corrections actually made by Carson, who was more Path Marker than Pathfinder), from the Great Salt Lake to the Oregon Country and then to northern Nevada; in 1845, Fremont and Carson explored routes to California and, when the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) broke out, Fremont, with Carson aiding him, led his small military unit successfully against much larger Mexican forces to defeat them and conquer California for the U.S.;

Category: American West

Keywords: American frontier, American West, American Old West, explorers, guides, Old West, pathfinders, pioneers, scouts, trailblazers, The West, Western United States, Wild West

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1500 x 1743 (2.61 MPixels) (1.16)

Print Size: 12.7 x 14.8 cm; 5.0 x 5.8 inches

File Size: 7.51 MB (7,879,062 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000046020

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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