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I Fought a Good Fight
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This history of the Lipan Apaches, from archeological evidence to the present, tells the story of some of the least known, least understood people in the Southwest. These plains buffalo hunters and traders were one of the first groups to acquire horses, and with this advantage they expanded from the Panhandle across Texas and into Coahuila, coming into conflict with the Comanches. With a knack for making friends and forging alliances, they survived against all odds, and were still free long after their worst enemies were corralled on reservations. In the most thorough account yet published, Sherry Robinson tracks the Lipans from their earliest interactions with Spaniards and kindred Apache groups through later alliances and to their love-hate relationships with Mexicans, Texas colonists, Texas Rangers, and the U.S. Army. For the first time we hear of the Eastern Apache confederacy of allied but autonomous groups that joined for war, defense, and trade. Among their confederates, and led by chiefs with a diplomatic bent, Lipans drew closer to the Spanish, Mexicans, and Texans. By the 1880s, with their numbers dwindling and ground lost to Mexican campaigns and Mackenzie’s raids, the Lipans roamed with Mescalero Apaches, some with Victorio. Many remained in Mexico, some stole back into Texas, and others melted into reservations where they had relatives. They never surrendered.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of illustrations and maps
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xxii
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  1. Chronology
  2. pp. xxiii-xxvi
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  1. 1. Creation Story
  2. pp. 1-11
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  1. 2. Early Encounters
  2. pp. 12-19
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  1. 3. Friends and Enemies
  2. pp. 20-26
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  1. 4. The Confederacy
  2. pp. 27-40
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  1. 5. Carlana
  2. pp. 41-51
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  1. 6. Early Texas
  2. pp. 52-62
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  1. 7. The Trials of Cabellos Colorados
  2. pp. 63-72
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  1. 8. Trail of the Dead
  2. pp. 73-81
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  1. 9. The Saga of San Sabá
  2. pp. 82-92
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  1. 10. Missions Impossible
  2. pp. 93-102
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  1. 11. Coahuila
  2. pp. 103-110
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  1. 12. Labors and Designs
  2. pp. 111-122
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  1. 13. New Allies
  2. pp. 123-132
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  1. 14. Picax-andé
  2. pp. 133-142
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  1. 15. Spy vs. Spy
  2. pp. 143-151
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  1. 16. Betrayal
  2. pp. 152-161
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  1. 17. War and Peace
  2. pp. 162-173
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  1. 18. Castro
  2. pp. 174-183
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  1. 19. Friendship for the Texians
  2. pp. 184-190
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  1. 20. Flacco
  2. pp. 191-199
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  1. 21. Pathetic Incident
  2. pp. 200-210
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  1. 22. Promises, Promises
  2. pp. 211-221
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  1. 23. Chiquito
  2. pp. 222-228
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  1. 24. Starvation
  2. pp. 229-238
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  1. 25. Refuge
  2. pp. 239-250
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  1. 26. The Last Extremity
  2. pp. 251-262
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  1. 27. The Captives
  2. pp. 263-273
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  1. 28. Mescalero
  2. pp. 274-285
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  1. 29. Day of the Screams
  2. pp. 286-298
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  1. 30. Prairie Apaches
  2. pp. 299-310
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  1. 31. Between Two Forces
  2. pp. 311-321
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  1. 32. Victorio!
  2. pp. 322-328
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  1. 33. Renegades and Refugees
  2. pp. 329-337
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  1. 34. Lipan Exodus
  2. pp. 338-344
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  1. 35. Reservation Life
  2. pp. 345-353
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  1. 36. End of an Era
  2. pp. 354-364
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  1. 37. Lipan Diaspora
  2. pp. 365-373
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  1. 38. We, the Apache Tribe
  2. pp. 374-384
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  1. Epilogue. Meredith Magoosh Begay, 1937–2006
  2. pp. 385-386
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  1. Appendices
  2. pp. 387-398
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  1. Abbreviations used in Notes
  2. pp. 399-427
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 401-457
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 459-479
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 481-495
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