Carson, Kit

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Carson, Kit definition


A skilled frontier trapper and guide of the nineteenth century, who helped open the territory of California to settlement from the United States. A general on the Union side in the Civil War, he moved a great number of Navajos by force in the 1860s; many died on the journey.

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