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Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: the diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847

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In June 1846 Susan Shelby Magoffin, eighteen years old and a bride of less than eight months, set out with her husband, a veteran Santa Fe trader, on a trek from Independence, Missouri, through New Mexico and south to Chihuahua. Her travel journal was written at a crucial time, when the Mexican War was beginning and New Mexico was occupied by Stephen Watts Kearny and the Army of the West.

Her journal describes the excitement, routine, and dangers of a successful merchant's wife. On the trail for fifteen months, moving from house to house and town to town, she became adept in Spanish and the lingo of traders, and wrote down in detail the customs and appearances of places she went. She gave birth to her first child during the journey and admitted, "This thing of marrying is not what it is cracked up to be."

Valuable as a social and historical record of her encounters--she met Zachary Taylor and was agreeably disappointed to find him disheveled but kindly--her journal is equally important as a chronicle of her growing intelligence, experience, and strength, her lost illusions and her coming to terms with herself.

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subject_facetMagoffin, Susan Shelby, -- 1827-1855
Mexican War, 1846-1848
Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- Personal narratives
Mexico -- Description and travel
Santa Fe National Historic Trail
Southwest, New
Southwest, New -- Description and travel
title_displayDown the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico : the diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847
title_fullDown the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico : the diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847 / edited by Stella M. Drumm ; with a foreword by Howard R. Lamar
title_shortDown the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico
title_subthe diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847
topic_facetDescription and travel
Magoffin, Susan Shelby
Mexican War, 1846-1848