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Tappan, Carson & the Weaponization of Slavery against the Navajo Nation
By Fort Garland Museum

Join us on August 18 for a lecture and book signing with author Matt Fitzsimons.

Delgadito was a primary target of Lt. Col. Kit Carson’s scorched-earth campaign of 1863-64, and went on to sign the Treaty of 1868 with Lt. Col. Samuel Tappan. We’ll explore how the war against the Navajo Nation divided these two famous commanders of Fort Garland, and tested America’s commitment to the abolition of slavery.

Matt Fitzsimons is the author of The Counterfeiters of Bosque Redondo: Slavery, Silver and the U.S. War Against the Navajo Nation, new non-fiction coming from Arcadia Publishing on July 25, 2022. The book recounts the remarkable journey of Herrero Delgadito, often credited as the first Navajo silversmith, and a principal headmen during the first 20 years of U.S. colonization.

This event is free and open to the public. 

August 18
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center
29477 Colorado 159
Blanca, Colorado United States
Fort Garland Museum & Cultural Center