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hours and services provided by local communities. Click on the
cross swords (X) for accounts of some of the most important battles
on the Comancheria. Click on the names written at an angle for
The Comanche called themselves "The People."
Others usually referred to them as their enemies, "Those
who always fight us." A single generation of warriors at
the turn of the eighteenth century managed to acquire and master
not just the horse, but the art of horse raising and more importantly,
horseback fighting. The Comanche Nation
held the center of this map and dominated, virtually owned, everything
and body around it.
The Texas pioneers' war with the Comanches began in 1836 at the dawn of Texas' Republic and the Victorian Age. Troopers and Rangers alike adorned sabers and adopted the manners and valiantry of ancient European knights. In the Cross Timbers, the knights were usually cowboys riding patrol, dividing their time between Ranger and ranch duties. Their heroic exploits and courtly behavior were the germ of the modern American cowboy myth. Their struggle is still replayed and celebrated with the advent of each new western.