Apache Chief Geronimo

@RasmaSandra (16998)
Riga, Latvia
September 5, 2017 12:22pm CST
After thirty years of having battled to protect his tribe’s homeland the great Apache chief Geronimo finally surrendered to U.S. government troops on September 4, 1886. So General Nelson Miles accepted Geronimo’s surrender and made him the last Indian warrior to formally give in to U.S. forces, signaling the end of the Indian Wars in the southwest. Geronimo was born in 1829 and grew up in the state that today is known as Arizona and also in Mexico. When settlers tried to take their land Geronimo along with his tribe the Chiricahua Apaches took a stand. Wanting revenge he led raids against both American and Mexican settlers. Then in 1874 the U.S. government moved Geronimo and his tribe to a reservation in east-central Arizona. It was devastating for these Native American since conditions on the reservation were restrictive and harsh. In rebellion Geronimo and some of his followers escaped and over the next decade they fought against federal troops and launched raids on white settlements. All the while Geronimo and his supporters wound up being forced back onto the reservation several times. Geronimo and about 150 followers attempted to escape one more time in May 1885. 5,000 U.S. troops chased after them into Mexico. Finally in March 1886 General George Cook forced Geronimo to surrender but still he escaped and continued his raids. When General Nelson Miles took command he got Geronimo to surrender near Fort Bowie along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Geronimo and a band of Apaches were sent to Florida, then Alabama and finally wound up at the Comanche and Kiowa reservation near Fort Sill in Oklahoma territory. It was there that Geronimo became a successful farmer and converted to Christianity. In 1905 he participated in President Theodore Roosevelt’s inaugural parade. Apache chief Geronimo dictated his autobiography “Geronimo’s Story of His Life” which was published in 1906 He died at Fort Sill on February 17, 1909. Do you think Native Americans should have been treated more justly? http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/geronimo-surrenders
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@louievill (18376)
• Philippines
5 Sep
People still shout "GERONIMO!" before attempting something dangerous, unpredictable, heroic, funny or stupid., that's how popular he is
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@Kandae11 (35969)
5 Sep
I saw many western movies about Chief Geronimo. Those were trying times.
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