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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Saionz, Matthew K
URN etd-05122011-121933
Title 'For the Hills of Santa Fe': The Texan Santa Fe Expedition of 1841 and the Southwest Market Economy
Degree Master of Arts
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thorp, Daniel B. Committee Chair
Ewing, E. Thomas Committee Member
Hidalgo, Dennis R. Committee Member
  • Santa Fe
  • Southwest
  • Expedition
  • Market
  • Texas
Date of Defense 2011-05-03
Availability unrestricted
This thesis examines the ill-fated Texan Santa Fe Expedition of 1841 to analyze the state of a lucrative market network in the Southwest. Cut off from Santa Fe, the hub of the network, Texas struggled economically as an independent nation. Commercially isolated and dealing with near- worthless paper money, Texans hoped that trade with the people of Santa Fe would divert wealth into their nation. To justify the expedition, Anglo-Texans used the rhetoric of Manifest Destiny and turned the trek into a liberation mission. Moreover, Texans desired an overland route to Santa Fe to attract merchants to their otherwise inactive ports. Texans invested much into the expedition both economically and culturally; however, the Texan Santa Fe Expedition ended in utter failure and convinced many Texans that annexation to the United States was the wiser path to take.
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