February 7, 2002

The Apache and the coming of white men


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Source: As told by Geronimo, Public Domain Documents

About the time of the massacre of “Kaskiyeh” (1858) we heard that some white men were measuring land to the south of us. In company with a number of other warriors I went to visit them.

We could not understand them very well, for we had no interpreter, but we made a treaty with them by shaking hands and promising to be brothers.

Then we made our camp near their camp, and they came to trade with us. We gave them buckskin, blankets, and ponies in exchange for shirts and provisions. We also brought them game, for which they gave us some money.

We did not know the value of this money, but we kept it and later learned from the Navajo Indians that it was very valuable.

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