Apache Chief Geronimo by William R. Sanford

By William R. Sanford

When the territories of latest Mexico and Arizona grew to become a part of the USA, settlers chanced on themselves in the course of a bloody conflict among the Apaches and the Mexicans. while the Apaches started to raid American settlements, the U.S. govt made up our minds the Apaches needs to be restricted to reservations. Geronimo and different Apaches persevered to struggle for his or her land and lifestyle during this inspiring biography.

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People wanted to see the famous old warrior. Some paid money to do so. On a trip to Omaha, crowds greeted him at each trainstop. They saw an old Apache dressed in white man’s clothes. They found it hard to think of him as a feared warrior. He sold them the buttons off his jacket for twenty five cents each. Then he sewed on new buttons to sell at the next stop. Image Credit: Library of Congress Geronimo died in 1909. Neither the Apaches nor the world has forgotten their famous leader. In 1904, Geronimo attended the World’s Fair in St.

In February 1909, he rode alone to a nearby town. The weather was cold, the ground icy. Against the rules, he bought a bottle of whiskey. Geronimo drank heavily. He fell from his horse into a watery ditch. By morning, he was very ill. He died three days later. He was buried at Fort Sill. In 1912, Congress allowed some of the Apaches to go back to the Southwest. In April of that year, a small group of 187 Apaches returned at last to their beloved New Mexico hills. Some of Geronimo’s family still live near Fort Sill.

Cochise and five other warriors visited the soldiers’ camp in Apache Pass. An officer arrested Cochise. He accused him of kidnapping an American boy. The chief whipped out his knife. He slashed the tent wall and escaped. He had to leave the other warriors behind. Geronimo helped Cochise attack a freight train. Soon gunfire filled Apache Pass. The warriors took three Americans captives. Cochise offered to swap them for the captive Apaches. But the plan failed. Both sides killed their prisoners. Then the Apaches faded into the mountains.

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