Kit Carson

Kit Carson

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  • Born on Dec. 24, 1809
  • Kit Begins his Trapping Career
  • Indian Relations
  • Christopher, or "Kit," Carson was born in Kentucky on Christmas Eve, 1809. Two years later his family moved to a farm on the Missouri Frontiers. When his father died in 1818, Kit gave up his education to work on his family's lands and help his mother raise her ten children. When he was 14, Kit worked for a saddlemaker, but soon realized how much he longed for adventure.
  • In 1826, Kit left his saddle making job and headed west to the Santa Fe Trail where he worked as a laborer in a caravan of merchants. While in the west, Kit learned how to trap and started working with other hunters like Ewing Young and Jim Bridger. He became known for his modest, trustworthy personality among his peers.
  • Throughout his journeys, Kit managed to learn French and Spanish. Like many other trappers, Kit had many interactions with Native Americans, learning a few of their languages as well. He even married and had a daughter with an indian woman named Singing Grass. 
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