The Comanche Indians of the American West Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

The Comanche Indians of the American West
A brief historical analysis of the Comanche Indians in the American West.
# 44043 | 2,400 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 26, 2003 in Native-American Studies (General) , Anthropology (Indigenous)

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This paper discusses the Comanche Indians of the American West, starting at around 1830 and continuing until the tribe was forced onto a reservation. The paper finds that the Comanche Indians played a prominent role in the history of the American West and were probably the most important tribe of the Great Plains. The paper also points out that since the Comanche Indians were more involved in warfare than storytelling and keeping historical records, most information about Comanche history can only be obtained through somewhat biased third party accounts.

From the Paper:

"The Comanche Indians dominated the Southern Plains and played a significant role in the history of the American West, primarily due to the fact that they were one of the first Native American tribes to acquire horses from the Spanish and one of the few to breed them to any extent. As Comanche horsemen became highly skilled, they set the pattern of equestrian nomadism that became so characteristic of the Plains Indians in the nineteenth century, and made possible the pervasive buffalo culture of most Native American tribes.
"It was the horse above all other things that most clearly defined Comanche culture in the nineteenth century. Horses provided the mobility to track the herds of buffalo that roamed across the plains and enabled the Comanche to hunt and conduct warfare from horseback. (Fehrenbach 90) The tactical advantages of mounted hunting and warfare were numerous, and the Comanche owe their dominance of the Southern Plains to their masterful handling of their horses. Horses were the standard commodity through which Comanche wealth was measured, and were a valuable trading resource. In horsemanship the Comanche had no equal, and their children learned to ride at an early age. Both men and women developed exceptional equestrian skills."

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