Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Western Wednesday - Geronimo
Geronimo belonged to the Chiracahua Apaches and lived from 1829-1909. His Chiracahua name meant "the yawner".
General Crook met with Geronimo in March 1886 after Geronimo had led his band for a year on the warpath. The chief agreed to surrender. The general left with the majority of his men leaving behind a small task force to escort the Indians north to the reservation. A merchant arrived at the camp with a wagon of whiskey. The Indians drank the whiskey, forgot the agreement, and retreated back into the mountains of Mexico.
September 1886, Geronimo and his thirty-seven followers(fourteen women and children) finally surrendered to General Nelson Appleton Miles at Skeleton Canyon near the New Mexico/Arizona border. After his surrender Geronimo was imprisoned in Florida until 1894 when he was moved to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was never allowed to return to his Southwest desert.
Is there an Indian tribe that you're interested in? And why?