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Carson Monument

Kit Carson: Mountain Man and Much More

The Kit Carson tour, August 3-10, 2008, will take you back to a time when much of the West was a vast and imposing uncharted land of adventure and danger. As unique and impressive as the land he knew and loved, Kit Carson has been called "the greatest of mountain men." Enshrined in popular mythology even in his lifetime, Kit Carson was a trapper, scout, Indian agent, soldier, and authentic legend of the west. During his life he fought almost every major Indian tribe. Carson rose to the rank of brevet brigadier general in the U.S. Army, the only illiterate person to ever reach that rank. Although illiterate, he spoke fluent Spanish and was conversant in several Indian languages.

Join HistoryAmerica TOURS for this learning vacation about one of the West's most fascinating heroes. Kit Carson: Mountain Man and Much More combines battles of the Civil War in the Southwest, the struggles for a homeland in the Indian Wars, and the rough adventures of the fur trade. All the while you are immersed in history you are also surrounded by some of the most spectacular country in America.




Canyon de Chelly

CanyonIn 1863, while the Civil War raged in the East, legendary "Indian fighter" Kit Carson, under the command of General James Carlton, led a brutal campaign against the Navajo of the Southwest. One Navajo stronghold was Canyon de Chelly, where in 1864, Carson, with the eager assistance of the Navajo's traditional enemies, marched into the beautiful, steep-walled canyon to destroy cornfields, hogans and orchards. Without food or shelter, the Navajo surrendered. Thousands were forced to march 300 miles to Fort Sumner, NM, to a parched reservation where they were held as prisoners of war.

Throughout the nearly five years on the reservation the Navajo people begged to be allowed to return to the land they considered "the heart of the world." Of those who survived the grueling "Long Walk," only half saw the day their people returned to the canyon in 1868.

Although its history is marred by incidents of massacre, forced relocation, and abuse, Canyon de Chelly's overall effect is a lasting sense of peace and beauty that is both suble and profound.




BearssMike's Back

HistoryAmerica is happy that Mike Koury is back and will be the historian guide for Kit Carson: Mountain Man and Much More. Mike knows and loves this rugged country of Carson's as much as it was loved by the legend himself. He will take you on a memorable learning vacation to all the important places that mark Carson's years in the Southwest.

Mike is a native of Texas with a lifelong fascination with the Indian Wars. Mike and his wife are founders and owners of the Old Army Press. In addition to writing five books and the scripts for five video productions, he has published more than 150 books on the American West and produced numerous videos with historical themes.




HistoryAmerica News Bits

Last week HistoryAmerica TOURS sent out a flyer on The Ireland Never Seen: A Journey into Irish-America History with a beautiful map by Kieran McAuliff that shows where we'll be going and some of the things we'll be seeing. If you didn't get one and would like one, give us a call (800-628-8542). Next week there will be a similar flyer mailed on Lake Champlain: The Crucible of North American Wars. March is the last month to sign up for either of these fabulous opportunites, so don't delay. The maps are also on the website.

There are still some places left on Bad Hand Mackenzie: Legend of the Texas Indian Wars, which is being offered for the first time this year. It is led by Neil Mangum, a HistoryAmerica favorite, and is centered just east of the area where Neil now lives and where he has been doing his latest research. There probably is not a more fascinating character in all of the Indian Wars than Ranald S. Mackenzie. You Indian Wars enthusiasts really shouldn't miss this tour, and you general history buffs will find new environs that will be hard to resist.

Assuming that the value of the dollar doesn't drop any further, on July 1, 2008, the Honorable Michael O'Connor will become "just plain Mike." He tells folks that his wife has threatened to duct-tape one of his legs to a desk in the HistoryAmerica office. Georgia asks the hypothetical question, do those of you who know her think that's true?



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