Soldiers of the Cross; Notes on the Ecclesiastical History of New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado

Soldiers of the Cross; Notes on the Ecclesiastical History of New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...the Navajos and Apaches are of the same nation, the Navajos being more numerous than the Apaches. "The proportion is to-day as three to one, the Navajos counting 21,000, the Apaches hardly more than 6,000 or 7,000 souls." Both were to be dreaded at all times, but more especially the Apaches, who had no fixed place of residence, and could be met with all over the country between New Mexico and Arizona, whilst the Navajos lived as a nation, since they are known, in the fastnesses of the mountains of the northwestern part of New Mexico. When they made incursions on the settlements of the country, they were generally in large numbers, so as to be able to meet resistance on the part of the people from whom they used to steal their cattle, sheep and horses. Their inroads, though very damaging some times, not only to property but to human life, were not, as a rule, as frequently repeated as those of the Apaches. These Indians seldom attacked in large numbers, but almost incessantly here or there, and in this manner, says Bandelier, harrassed in the end those who were the object of their warfare, especially the pueblos. As far as we have seen since we came to this country, the inhabitants cf the towns of New Mexico, at the first news of a misdeed committed by the Navajos on their property, would organize at once a band of armed and mounted men to pursue them, especially if these Indians had killed anyone or stolen some stock out of the pastures. This meant a race of more or less distance for the recovery of the captives or stolen animals, as might be the case, and as far as possible for a condign punishment of the miscreants. If it happened that the Mexicans had to follow the Indians to some of their rancherias, they availed themselves of the opportunity...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663349
  • 9781236663344