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The Western
&
Eastern Traders

Traders

The trail from Arrow Rock, Missouri, led west to Santa Fe and Taos. There was the St. Louis fur
barons formed partnerships with the hidalgo traders of the old Sout West. The arrival of wagon and
pack trains were events of importance and excitement.

The Eastern Fur Company Trader is wearing a heavily fringed buckskin Frock Coat and fustian Arrow Rock
Trousers held up by braces. He wears a ruffled front Gentlemen's Shirt of fine handkerchief linen with a
hand-tied cravat. His waistcoat is of wool broadcloth with brass buttons. The sheaf of price lists in his hand
point out the volume of the trade; the elegance of his clothing point out the profit.

His southwestern counterpart displays the strong regional influence. He wears a short buckskin Taos
Jacket over a white Gentlemen's Shirt and Santa Fe Trousers with the multi-colored side seams.
Around his waist is a tack belt and tack sheath. A muckender is tied around his head gitano fashion. The flair
of the outfit is matched by the flare of outrage evident in his discussion of price and quality.

 

 

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