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Skillful in the management of the horse: the Comanches as southern plains pastoralists.

By Gerald Betty

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In the summer of 1719, several New Mexican Pueblo and Spanish settlements observed an increase in Comanche and Ute horse stealing.  On August 19, participants at a Council of War held in Santa Fe discussed the prospects of waging war on these Indians.  Several council members related testimonial accounts of the depredations on the horse herds.  Captain Don Francisco Bueno y Bohorques, alcalde mayor and war captain of Santa Fe, indicated an increasing presence of these peoples in New Mexico.  He concluded "according to the common opinion of the Indians of the rest of the frontiers, [Comanches and Utes] have appeared  in greater numbers than...they are accustomed to go about...they are coming determined to declare war."  Shortly thereafter, Juan de Archibeque of the same villa revealed that the behavior these Indians exhibited hardly appeared to be a new experience for New Mexicans.  He told the Council that "for more than seven or eight years [the Utes and Comanches] have come to [New Mexico] to steal horses and rob herds and run away with the goods in the trade which this kingdom has with the Apaches of El Cuartelejo."


Katie Carroll

Date 1997
Publication Title Heritage of the Great Plains/Heritage of Kansas (1957-Present)
Volume 30
Issue 1
Pages 10
Publisher Emporia State University
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal care
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Horses
  5. Mammals
  6. Management
  7. Native Americans
  8. Ownership
  9. Working animals