Spanish Attack Comanche Village, 1779

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In 1779, New Mexico Governor Don Juan Bautista de Anza put together an army of lancers supported by 259 Utes and Apaches for a punitive expedition against the Comanches. From Santa Fe, he marched into Colorado and attacked a Comanche village on Fountain Creek. Many villagers were killed and others taken captive. About 500 horses were recovered as well as all the camp's baggage. From the captives Anza learned that most of the warriors had gone to Taos on a raid. This war party was led by Cuerno Verde (Green Horn) whose father had been a chief and had been killed by the Spanish. To avenge his father's death, Cuerno Verde had destroyed many pueblos and killed hundreds of people.

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