The Chihuahua Trail

A trail that leads through Mexico, New Mexico, and Texas

By Addison Sumbler

Mrs. Mullins' 5th Period

One of the greatest and most significant trails in Texas.

The Chihuahua trail was used for much more than just the basics. It goes beyond trading or cattle drives. This trail can be traced back to developing culture, fighting wars, and providing connections between different countries.

Details of the Chihuahua trail

The trail runs through Mexico, Texas, and New Mexico and is approximately 550 miles long. It was developed during the 18th and 19th centuries. An early expedition was led through the trail which was followed by many others. the Chihuahua Trail served several purposes. It was used for trade, cattle drives, transportation, fighting purposes, and much more. It has helped the development of Texas in many ways and is considered a National Historic Trail.
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This sign is also an artifact stating that the Chihuahua Trail is a national historic trail.

Changes Over Time

The trail started out being used for New Mexico and Mexico for trading and transportation but was not used often. Soon it became useful for things such as cattle drives and trading with other territories. Later expeditions began to occur. Although the expeditions were rare they began to become more frequent. Soon after, the United States found the trail useful for trading with Mexico and consequently the New Mexicans' trading items experienced a drop in demand because the U.S. could offer items of equal or more value. After the United States stopped using the trail New Mexican dominance continued for trade and cattle drives. In the mid 1800s, a rebellion occurred and the citizens needed to evacuate over the Chihuahua Trail. Soon after the army marched through the trail which lead to a victory on their side. The trail has helped with many events and changed quite a bit over the time it was used.

Artifacts Related to the Chihuahua trail