The Santa Fe Trail and El Camino Real Trade Routes

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This documentary, in the form of a satellite map, traces the 19th-century trade route of The Santa Fe Trail and the 16th-century El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro from Franklin, Missouri in the United States to Mexico City, Mexico. The Santa Fe Trail was established in 1821 to take advantage of new trade opportunities to haul manufactured goods from the state of Missouri as far as Santa Fe where it linked up with the older El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro all the way to Mexico City. By activating the 3D terrain mode, and using the compass to rotate and see the horizon, you can view the map with mountains that you can zoom in on in order to understand the rugged biomes these migrants and traders traversed in a horse-driven wagon. Each trail and cutoff is color-coded to make it easy to understand and I included the many native tribe territories the trail passed through. For fun, checkout the wagon wheel ruts at Station Little Arkansas Camp Grierson and outside Santa Fe.

The locations in this map were determined by the following:

• Wikipedia’s web page on The Santa Fe Trail • Wikipedia’s web page on El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro