Bringing Home All the Pretty Horses

Dan Flores

Sparks, SAR Boardroom

Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 3:00–4:00 pm

“Picketing Horses”“Picketing Horses”American hunters tending their horses in a plains village. Painting by Alfred Jacob Miller, courtesy Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore.“Picketing Horses”American hunters tending their horses in a plains village. Painting by Alfred Jacob Miller, courtesy Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore.American Horse Trade on the Southern Plains, 1790–1834American Horse Trade on the Southern Plains, 1790–1834Courtesy Montana,the Magazine of Western History.American Horse Trade on the Southern Plains, 1790–1834Courtesy Montana,the Magazine of Western History.

Historian Dan Flores illuminates a fascinating event that occurred after the 1680 Pueblo Revolt, when horses from the Southwest escaped into the Southern Plains, attracting the attention of everyone from Indians to American horse traders and even Thomas Jefferson. A profitable business emerged, with upwards of 1,000 horses a month driven to horse markets beyond the Mississippi River. Dan Flores is a writer and professor who holds the A. B. Hammond Chair in Western History at the University of Montana, specializing in environmental and cultural history of the West.

Cost: Free

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