Welcome to Santa Fe Trading Post
Our Trading Post is a modern embodiment of the spirit of the Santa Fe Trail and the character of the people who set up and extended a system of commerce that was unique in its time. The uniqueness was the very foundation of that commerce, built upon a diversity of cultures, but a common need for integrated mutual benefit.
The “Trader,” “Indian Trader,” or “Santa Fe Trader” was a person who took the time to see and value people of many cultures: Anglo, Native American, Mexican, or any combination that came along. He sought to meet their needs, first as a merchant, but often became a trusted friend. A story that conveys in a few words what the “good trader” was perceived to be is how, at a Native American funeral, it was not uncommon for the trader, who may have known the departed for years, to be asked by the family to shoot the departed’s horse so that, in accordance with custom, the man and his horse could be buried together.
It was often the trader, as friend and confidant, who interceded on the part of a Native American individual (or even a whole tribe) with the U.S. Government, usually the Cavalry. More than one trader was instrumental in bringing about the smoking of the peace pipe. Rarely was a trader raided or attacked unless he lost sight of his role as an empathetic and honest person living and working among people who depended upon his good character.
The hallmark of any good trading post of old, and this one as well, is that the trader maintained an eclectic collection of wares and a willingness to obtain and sell, trade for, or buy what the customer requested. So, if you see it and like it, feel free to buy it or offer something in trade that we can turn at a profit.
We are also looking for artists and craftsmen of all types who want a showcase for their art, crafts, or creations. Whether you’re an artist or a potential patron of the arts, please click here.
Happy trading and have fun just browsing around. Remember to come back often, because a good trading post is a busy, changing place that is interesting to visit.
And oh by the way, because of our high regard for the way in which our hero Juan Lorenzo Hubbell ran a trading post, and since he is no longer around, we will honor his Trade Dollars for full face value towards the purchase of merchandise here at Santa Fe Trading Post!