The Apaches

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Due to the educating of the Apaches and their persistence behavior, they flourished in the Great Plains region of the US. The American Indian Tribe first got their name "Apache" from the Yuma Indians. The word Apache means "fighting men". They were hunters, farmers and seed gatherers. The Apache were known for their love of Warfare and raiding, today we would call them thieves. When the Spaniards first came to the Americas they were constantly being under attack by the Apache. The Tribe would steal the Spanish horses and eat them. They were not yet introduced to the technology of using the horse as transportation. The Apache used their dogs to help move their wickiups or homes around because they were nomadic people. Wherever the buffalo went they followed. The horse began to become transportation and no longer a meal source once the Indians watching the Spaniards ride their horses. Since the Apache loved war so much it was a surprise that they let the Spaniards on their land. The fact was the Apache let them stay on the land so that they could keep raiding them for their supplies. The persistence of the Tribe helped them make a name for themselves. (Josephy, 117) The Spanish Police began to capture and make slaves out of all the Apache trying to raid the pueblo, or town. They tried to convert the Apache to Christianity but this did not prove successful. Even though the Apache liked to steal the Spaniards supplies they eventually signed a peace treaty. (Josephy, 373) When the Spaniards were fighting with the Americans in the Mexican war the Apache were a nuisance. The Spanish troops were so busy in this war that the Apache did not have enough supplies. So they were forced to disobey the peace treaty and steal for survival. The act of breaking the peace treaty sparked warfare.(Terrell, 148) There were many branches of the Apache Indians spread across the Great Plains. They began to unite and raid near by New Mexican towns. When the tribes Apache Mimbreno and Apache Gileno united, they became the most feared groups of all the Indians. The Americans and Spaniards both did not want to get entangled into their raids of fury. This group of Indians killed more people during raids, stole more food, they were just plain out vicious Indians. The persistance of the tribe helped them make a name for themselves. The Spaniards during the Mexican w... ... middle of paper ... ...ech on how honored he was to make peace with such great people, the confederates. “I am glad I have come. My heart if full of love for my pindah brothers…When I lie down at night the treaty will be in my heart, and when I arise in the morning it will still be there. And I will be glad I am at peace with my pindah brothers.” (Nicholas, 232) The Americans held this speech close to the hearts and they took him to his up most sincerity. On the way back from El Paso Nicholas ran off from the horses and group together his raiders. The Raiders and Nicholas rode to the Americans stock herd and stole it. They killed 2 Guards while doing so. The confederate Congress passed a law to kill all Indians spotted. Soldiers were to persuade the Apache to believe they made peace then once they had them they were to kill them. (Haley, 234) The Apache’s raiding helped keep the Americans on their toes. They flourished as a tribe despite the many different branches of them. Their aggressive behavior helped them become well known and never too weak under the rule of white men. Even though this tribe ended up with the other Indians in reservation camps, they still left a lasting impression on history.

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