Monday, April 18, 2016

Native American Biography: Jesse Chisholm: Cherokee

Jesse Chisholm is most noted for a trail which bears his name, Chisholm Trail.  He was a Cherokee who had migrated west before the Trail of Tears.  He traded with the Plains Indians and learned over fourteen languages.  He was a noted  interpreter.  He was part of some of the initial expeditions and approaches by the U.S. Government to the Plains Indians.  He also ran a series of trading posts.  He established a trail connecting his trading posts in the Wichita, Kansas area.   When this trail started to be used by cattlemen driving cattle from Texas to Kansas, it became known as the Chisholm Trail.

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