Geronimo (Legends of the Wild West) by Jon Sterngass

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S. Indian commissioner, requested that Jeffords arrange a meeting with Cochise in his Dragoon Mountain stronghold in southeastern Arizona. In the end, Cochise agreed to live on the reservation that Howard promised would be created from the chief ’s native territory. The president signed the order creating the 3,000-square-mile (7,769-sq-km) Fort Bowie Reservation in southeastern Arizona on December 14, 1872. The Apache would settle near an army camp and agree not to raid or steal. S. government would give the Apache rations, clothing, and protection from lawless white settlers.

There was very little stage transportation and, of course, no telephone. Mail reached San Carlos once a week only if a messenger traveled 80 miles (128 km) to the nearest post office to get it. There were few ranches, ranges, or even mines. In this environment, supplying the army with food, forage, horses, and equipment was one of the leading industries in the territory. S. government spread several million dollars a year through the economy of the Southwest. The “Tucson Ring” was the name given to a group of corrupt army contractors and Tucson merchants.

The Apache were justifiably enraged by Nochedelklinne’s arrest and death. indd 62 6/10/10 11:17:54 AM San Carlos 63 Pictured are Apache chiefs (left to right) Chihuahua, Naiche, Loco, Nana, and Geronimo. This photograph was taken around 1890. Raid and the fear of a general Apache breakout from the reservation. As a precaution, the army poured large numbers of troops into San Carlos. The Chiricahua feared the army troops. “A rumor was current that the officers were again planning to imprison our leaders,” remembered Geronimo.

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