Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Chief Cochise For Western Wednesday...!

I think that nearly everyone familiar with the old West remembers the name of Cochise. Not as well know as some of the other chiefs maybe, but a force non the less.

As this article from Listverse shows, though, not that much is known about his early days. Here's what we know.

Chief Cochise

Chief Cochise is one of the most well-known figures in the conflict between the Native American people and the European settlers who constantly pushed westward. For someone so prominent whose name is so well-known, he’s a figure shrouded in considerable mystery.

Almost nothing is known about his life before the middle of the 19th century when he was already established as the leader of the Chiricahua Apaches in the areas of northern Mexico and southern Arizona. Decades of raids and conflicts between the Apaches and the settlers in the area ultimately led to the creation of a reservation on the southeastern edge of their territory.

Cochise died in 1874, only two years after the establishment of the peace he’d rarely seen. The location of his traditional burial somewhere in the Dragoon Mountains was known only to a handful of his contemporaries who never divulged the coordinates. Several legends have grown up around the burial of the great leader. According to the story, Cochise’s dog and horse were both shot to be buried with him to keep the animals from being a public reminder of him and his death.

Sounds to me as though the Chief wanted to be secretive in both life and death. Maybe that's a good thing. Wasn't healthy to be his horse or dog, however!

Coffee out on the patio again this morning. I'll make a fire in the BBQ pit, OK?


Mamahen said...

Another interesting histry tidbit....a fire to cozy up sounds early for s'mores?

linda m said...

I was always fascinated by Cochise and his legend. Even got the chance to visit the mountains in AZ where he supposedly roamed. Interesting story. I would so love to sit by a fire this morning we have -30 wind chills and I have to leave the house today to volunteer at the animal shelter. Brrrrrrr!

Chickenmom said...

A great chief and warrior. Cold again here - the BBQ pit will take the chill off. It's never too early for s'mores , Mamahen!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Very interesting for western Wednesday. He was a great chief.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
Never too early for s'mores!

Thanks for the visit today!

Hey Linda M...
That must have a nice trip. Always fun t go to a place where history is thick.

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Phyllis...
Doesn't take much of a fire to take the chill off. S'mores for breakfast! How great is that?

Thanks for dropping in today!

Hey Dizzy...
Funny that we don't know more about his eraly history, don't you think?

Thanks for stopping by today!