What trade goods were carried across Kansas to Santa Fe in 1820s?
The sky was the limit and whatever garnered a profit was hauled.
Whiskey had a very high priority as did German Silver
imported European glass beads, colored ribbon and cloth,
forged arrowheads, guns and powder, bolts of cloth, copper, brass
and bronze for the commerce with Native-Americans. The mountain men
working their traps needed a variety of goodies like tobacco, home
remedies, tea, coffee, sugar, replacement traps, spices and a great
amount of Whiskey. Military outposts both Spanish and US required
vast amounts of weaponry, stores and trade goods themselves just to
maintain the peace. The freight rates were outlandish, the profits
were excellent and the risk was high and unrelenting but the Santa
Fe Trail was able to supply.