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The Western Comanche Trade Center: Rethinking the Plains Indian Trade System

Pekka Hämäläinen
Western Historical Quarterly
Vol. 29, No. 4 (Winter, 1998), pp. 485-513
DOI: 10.2307/970405
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/970405
Page Count: 29
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Abstract

Contrary to the traditional view that the Southern Plains were merely a hinterland for the elaborate Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara trade centers, this article argues that the Western Comanches operated a major trade center on the Upper Arkansas River Basin from the 1740s to around 1830.

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