Missouri, Mexico, and the Santa Fe Trail - Mary Collins Barile
Author Mary Collins Barile observes Cinco de Mayo with a look at the colorful history of the Santa Fe Trail and its importance to the Kansas City region. For decades in the early 19th century this economic and cultural conduit linked the frontier settlements of Missouri with the colonies of Mexico, and was the invasion route of U.S. military forces during the Mexican-American War of 1846.
Barile is the associate director of the office of grant writing and publications at the University of Missouri. Among her books are The Santa Fe Trail in Missouri and Forgotten Tales of Missouri