The Apache Wars: Key People and Places

The Apache Wars: Key Places & People.

Places of Major Historical Importance In Southeastern Arizona

Fort Huachuca: est. 1877.

See the Apache Country Map.

Key Apache Leaders

  • Mangas Coloradas, chief of the Bedonkohe Apaches, whose homeland stretched from the Rio Grande westward to include most of southwestern New Mexico. He was the father-in-law of Cochise.

    Chief Victorio

  • Cochise, chief of the Chokonen band of Chiricahua Apaches whose homeland encompassed northern Mexico (Sonora), southwestern New Mexico, and southeastern Arizona.
  • Victorio, chief of the Chihenne or Warm Springs Apaches and successor to Mangas Coloradas.
  • Juh (pronounced Whoa or Ho), a big, physically-imposing man and eventual war leader of the Nednhi band of Chiricahua Apaches whose homeland was the mountains of Chihuahua, northern Mexico. He was close to Geronimo, who often spoke for him as Juh was a stutterer.
  • Goyathlay, a medicine man or shaman and eventual war leader of the Bedonkohe band of Chiricahua Apaches. He produced such fear in his Mexican enemies that, when he attacked, they would call out the name of their patron saint Jerome (Geronimo). He took it as his nickname. 
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