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Thomas Moran, Mosquito Pass, Colorado, a Chromolithograph, Made in Boston, ca. 1872. Courtesy Jay Fell
Thomas Moran was a key artist in the Hudson River School of the mid-to-late 19th century. Many of these artists traveled to and through Colorado, some as members of the famous federal surveys of the era. The Hudson River School achieved its zenith in its paintings and interpretations of the American West (although eastern art historians who can’t see west of the Hudson River would not agree with this assessment).
This discussion will help you explore the early days of Colorado as a State.
Review the content in Exploration 1 on Colorado Statehood and Growth and, if you need further guidance, the Recommended Resources.
Answer the following questions: Choose either a businessman or an artist or writer who was active in Colorado in the 19th century. What did this person do in Colorado, why were his or her activities important to the state?
Make sure you quote and cite at least two credible sources to support your points. You may use sources other than those found in Recommended Resources, but you should write at least 300 words in your response.