Dangerous Alliances in the New Mexico Borderlands: Charles Bent and the Limits of Family Networks

  title={Dangerous Alliances in the New Mexico Borderlands: Charles Bent and the Limits of Family Networks},
  author={David C. Beyreis},
  journal={Journal of the Early Republic},
  pages={57 - 80}
Abstract:Historians of borderlands have long recognized the importance of intermarriage and the construction of intercultural kinship ties. By forging connections with Native American and Hispanic women, Anglo-American and French-Canadian traders in Mexico's northern territories acquired access to economic, social, and political influence. Studies of these borderlands unions often emphasize themes of stability and mutual accommodation. Charles Bent's story complicates this narrative. A trader… Expand


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