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Kit Carson

Fecha de nacimiento: 24. Diciembre 1809
Fecha de muerte: 23. Mayo 1868

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Kit Carson, originalmente Christopher Carson , fue un explorador, agente indígena y residente fronterizo estadounidense.

Criado en Misuri, se fugó de su casa a la edad de 15 años para convertirse en un cazador de pieles y comerciante en el Suroeste. A principios de los años 1840 se desempeñó como guía de las exploraciones al Oeste de John C. Frémont. Dirigió la expedición del general Stephen Kearny hacia California durante la Intervención Norteamericana en México, haciendo diligencias frecuentemente en Washington D.C.

En 1854 fue designado agente indígena en Taos, Nuevo México. Durante la Guerra Civil estadounidense comandó al primer voluntariado de Nuevo México. En 1868 fue nombrado superintendente de asuntos indígenas del Territorio de Colorado. Sus aportes a la expansión hacia el oeste lo convirtieron en un héroe folclórico.

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Frases Kit Carson

„Particular care should be taken that every promise made to them“

— Kit Carson
Context: Particular care should be taken that every promise made to them [the Navajo and Mescalero Apache] should be observed to the letter. In this way I am confident that in a few years they would equal if not excel our peaceful and industrious Pueblos, and be a source of wealth to the Territory, instead of being as heretofore its dread and impoverishers. Letter to General James Henry Carleton (May 17, 1864)

„Another and several other expeditions were organized, all ending and being followed with like results, not because the troops did not bravely energetically and intelligently carry out their instructions; but because the policy adopted was erroneous.“

— Kit Carson
Context: The government now tried coercion and vigorous campaign reduced a portion of them [the Navajos] to apparent submission. Again a treaty was made... Another and several other expeditions were organized, all ending and being followed with like results, not because the troops did not bravely energetically and intelligently carry out their instructions; but because the policy adopted was erroneous. The last and perhaps most successful expedition sent against them under this policy, was that of 1860-61 under command of Bvt. Col. (now Brig, Gen.) E. R. S. Canby, U. S. Army. The treaty made on this occasion was signed by twenty-two Chiefs, a greater number than on any other previous occasion. From this fact and other concurrent causes, it was believed that permanent peace and security was at last bestowed on the Territory, and commensurate to the boon was the joy of the people. Letter to General James Henry Carleton (May 17, 1864)

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„When he seed that he give a big yell, for my scalp, an' at me he jumped. ...then the Injun killed me.“

— Kit Carson
Context: Well, I'll tell ye. I war down on the plains, an' the Comanches got after me. Thar war 'bout five hundred of 'em, an' they chased me. We run an' we run, an' my hoss war killed an' I clum a sort o' butte. Thar war a leetle split or cañon in it, an' I run up this. One big red rascal kep' right on my heels; my gun war busted, but I had my knife. The split narrered an' narrered, an got smaller an' smaller, an' suddenly it pinched out; an' thar I war, at the end. So I turned, with my knife, an' when he come on I struck at him. But the walls o' the split war so near together that I hit the rock, an' busted my knife squar' off at the hilt. When he seed that he give a big yell, for my scalp, an' at me he jumped.... then the Injun killed me. One of Carson's yarns, as quoted by an old trapper in Edwin Legrand Sabin, Kit Carson Days (1809-1868) (1914) p. 505

„Shortly after the ignominious expulsion of the Texas invaders, General J. H. Carleton was appointed to the command of this Department, and with the greatest promptitude he turned his attention to the freeing of the Territory from these lawless savages. To this great work he brought many years' experience and a perfect knowledge of the means to effect that end. He saw that the thirty (30) millions of dollars expended and the many lives lost in the former attempts at the subjugation, would not have been profitless, had not there been something radically wrong in the policy pursued. He was not long in ascertaining that treaties were as promises written in sand. nor in discovering that they had no recognized 'Head' authority to represent them; that each chief's influence and authority was immediately confined to his own followers or people; that any treaty signed by one or more of these chiefs had no binding effect on the remainder, and that there were a large number of the worst characters who acknowledged no chief at all. Hence it was that on all occasions when treaties were made, one party were continuing their depredations, whilst the other were making peace. And hence it was apparent that treaties were absolutely powerless for good. He adopted a new policy, i. e., placing them on a reservation (the wisdom of which is already manifest); a new era dawned on New Mexico, and the dying hope of the people was again revived; never more I trust, to meet with disappointment. He first organized a force against the Mescalero Apaches, which I had the honor to command. After a short and inexpensive campaign, the Mescaleros were placed on their present reservation.“

— Kit Carson
Letter to General James Henry Carleton (May 17, 1864)

„Peters laid it on a leetle too thick.“

— Kit Carson
Comment on De Witt Clinton Peters' book, The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson as quoted by Edwin Legrand Sabin, Kit Carson Days (1809-1868) (1914)

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