American frontiersman, trapper, soldier and guide,
Christopher Carson, better known
as Kit Carson, is one of the great heroes of the Old West. During the early
1800s, Carson was a legendary mountain man and free trader in the American
Southwest, having gained renown for his fur trade and trail-blazing
efforts in New Mexico and westward to California. He served as a United
States military guide, an American Indian agent, and a celebrated aide
during the Mexican-American War. His extensive travels and experience tell
a story of not just one man, but of many peoples and cultures throughout
the area of what would become the Southwestern United States.
Born on Christmas Eve in Madison County, Kentucky, in
1809, Kit was the 9th of 14 children. When he was still an infant,
the family moved to Howard County,
Carson spent most of his early childhood in Boone's Lick.
father died when he was only nine years old, and the need to work
prevented Kit from ever receiving an education. At the age of 14, Kit
was working as an apprentice to a saddle and harness maker. However,
the young man soon became restless and after about a year he joined a
wagon train heading west on the
Trail in 1826.
went north to