Comanche Quahadas Summary

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During the period of western expansion, the native americans were rapidly pushed into reservations and settlements. Acts such as the Indian removal act and the Trail of Tears were put into effect. However, some Indians fought this wrongful impressment. One of these groups was the Comanche Quahadas lead by their last and strongest leader: Quanah Parker. While Quanah was a very powerful and respected leader of the Comanche people who fought against the whites, Quanah was born half white, this is his story.

Before learning of Quanah’s heroic ventures, one must first learn of his past. Cynthia Ann Parker was Quanah Parker's mother. She was kidnapped by the Comanche tribe when she was 11. S.C. Gwynne, a non-fiction author, described the raid
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S.C. Gwynne says "He was known as a brilliant fighter of both Indians and whites. He was someone who was never defeated in battle, and it was sort of the source of his fame." Quanah ,as S.C. Gwynne says, burns brighter than the rest of the Indian boys his age. Quanah's determination is due to the murder of his father along with the capture of his mother and sister (npr.org, June 2010). He swore to avenge his family by killing the white man, and also to avenge them by becoming the best in the tribe. As did many other tribes at this time, the slaughter of the buffaloes, the Indians main food supply, by white buffalo hunters severely hurt the Comanche tribe. Quanah Parker joined the Quahadas in order to fight back against them. According to tshaonline.com, the Quahadas fought off the white buffalo hunters for 7 years. Under the lead of Quanah, the Quahadas became one of the most elusive groups of all time. The Fourth United States Cavalry under Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie attempted to catch the Indians in 1871 and 1872 but failed. Tshaonline.com furthers this saying how "The Indians seemingly disappeared onto the plains, only to reappear and attack again." Mackenzie and his troops were especially embarassed when Quanah and the Quahadas raided the cavalry campsite in Blanco Canyon on October 9, 1871, stealing their horses and supplies. Mackenzie gave up his search in mid-1872. However, …show more content…
According to britannica.com, Quanah fended the white men off for nearly a year on the staked plains. However, it ultimately ended in the surrender to the white men at Fort Sill (“Quanah Parker NATIVE AMERICAN LEADER”, March 2017). After arrangements were made, Quanah, along with countless persuaded Comanches, settled on a reservation in southwestern Oklahoma. During the next three decades, Quanah became the main mouthpiece between white civilization and his people. Newsok.com supports this saying "[Texans] were having a cattle dispute [in Texas.] The rangers were wanting Quanah to make the decision for them. They looked up to him. He was a very wise man." While Quanah yearned for the free lifestyle of the Indians, he embraced the white culture (“Quanah Parker: Maybe Not a Wonderful Person, But Truly a Great Man”, November 1982). Britannica.com goes to tell of his promotion of white ways to his people, from encouraging education and agriculture, to becoming a successful businessman. However, despite having embraced the white ways, he still maintained Indian cultural practices (“Quanah Parker NATIVE AMERICAN LEADER”, March 2017). This included polygamy and a major peyote religion. Quanah became very popular, even attracting the attention of president Theodore Roosevelt, when he was invited to Roosevelt's inauguration in 1905. According to newsok.com Quanah didn't originally

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