HomeLocal HistoryApache HistoryThe Apache Wars: A Timeline Part 1 – Birth of Mangas Coloradas

This is the first of a six part series about the longest war in American History.

Apache Pass as viewed from Ft. Bowie today.

Apache Pass as viewed from Ft. Bowie today.

The saga of the Apache Wars is both complex and compelling. For over a quarter century,  roughly 1861-1886, hundreds of ambushes, raids, massacres, and full-fledged military battles occurred over a huge, rugged, and diverse landscape. The wars involved hundreds of notable participants. The following is the merest of highlights to help you get your mind around the amazing history of many places you can visit here. (This article has been broken up into 6 more manageable parts).

1793 (circa) Birth of Mangas Coloradas (Red Sleeves)

He will become undisputed Chief of the Warm Springs Apaches (also called Mimbreno Apaches) in southwestern New Mexico after Mexicans massacre many of his tribe in 1837. He will earn his Spanish name from all the blood on his sleeves after violent confrontations with challengers within his own band. Read More