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After Geronimo surrendered Sept. 4, 1886, the U.S. imprisoned 100s of Apaches as POWs for 27 years


September 5, 2018

He became a legend in his own time. Courageous, ruthless, stubborn, brilliant, and brutal, he became an icon of resistance whose aura has faded but definitely is far from vanished. He was the Mescalero-Chiricahua Apache known in the non-Indian world as Geronimo. After more than three decades of raiding and fighting, he finally surrendered 132 years ago tomorrow, Sept. 4, 1886, ending the last guerrilla warfare fought on U.S. soil.

To detractors, a bloodthirsty renegade, a terrorist. To admirers, a freedom fighter, a patriot. To members of his own tribe in his own time, a hero to some and to others a rigid man who brought trouble to all the Apaches because of his unwillingness to end what they viewed as a hopeless struggle against the tide of U.S. occupation.


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