Kit Carson was an American soldier, trapper, and frontiersman. He was also an Indian agent and made important contributions to the Westward expansion of the country. He was born on December 24, 1809 in Madison County, Kentucky. His father Lindsey Carson was a farmer and also fought in the American Revolution. It was a war in American colonies to claim their independence from Great Britain. He spent most of his childhood in Boone’s Lick, Missouri. By his 20’s, he became an experienced hunter and trapper. In 1840 he was employed as a hunter for the garrison at Bent’s Fort, Colorado.
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- He learned fur-trapping from experienced frontiersmen and eventually gained expertise in this skill.
- In 1850s, Kit Carson became an Indian Agent and later served the Union Army in the Civil War.
- Carson never learned to read but he possessed of an uncanny ability to remember geography and topography.
- He also served in the Mexican War with John C. Fremont. He received fame as an Indian fighter in New Mexico.
- To prevent Native Americans from becoming extinct, he advocated for the creation of Indian reservations.
- He played a prominent and memorable role in the Civil War in New Mexico.
- In 1865, Kit Carson was promoted to Brigadier General and after the war, he moved to Colorado.
- He died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm on May 23, 1868.
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