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Kit Carson

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kcarson.jpgKit Carson, born Christopher Carson in Kentucky, ran away from home and traveled to Taos, New Mexico, where at 17 he began to make his living as a trapper, hunter, and guide. Carson led U.S. explorer John C. Frémont on three expeditions through the Rocky Mountain region. Accepting a commission as a colonel in the U.S. Army in 1861, Carson fought against Native American and Confederate forces.