Geronimo

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  • Geronimo (1829–1909), a holy man from the Bedonkohe band of Chiricahua Apache Indians in Arizona, led many raids in Mexico and the United States between 1859 and 1886. His survival of numerous battles and his ability to elude capture for many years led many people to regard him as a larger-than-life figure. In truth, Geronimo was simply a man who engaged in struggles for revenge, his homeland, and his freedom.

    His birth name was Gokhlayeh (“One Who Yawns”), and he was born along the Gila River near present-day Clifton, Arizona, in 1829. In 1858, Gokhlayeh traveled to Mexico with his tribe to trade. When he and the other men returned, they discovered that Mexican soldiers had attacked their camp, killing many Apaches, including his mother, wife, ...

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