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What is the most interesting anecdote you know about Native American history?
In the tradition of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a stunningly vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, centering on Quanah, the greatest Comanche chief of them all. S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to c… more about book…

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Though they, along with all other tribes, only first saw a horse in the 1500s when the Spanish brought them over and only first rode a horse in the 1600s, by about two centuries later, in the mid 1800s, Comanche Indians had become what historians consider to be the finest light cavalry in the world. They were known to be able to, at full gallop, drop to the side of their horse, their bodies forming the horizontal line of a right angle, and hold on with only their legs. While in this awkward position, sticking out from the side of their horse, they were able to shoot their arrows with pinpoint accuracy while using the horse’s body to provide a little defense against any arrows fired their way.

I learned that from a fascinating book called Empire of the Summer Moon. It has everything you want to know about the savage (There’s no getting around it. They were barbaric) Comanche Indians.

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S. C. Gwynne

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