Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

Category: Americas
Author: S. C. Gwynne
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by gricardo99   2020-12-22
I highly recommend "Empire of the Summer Moon"[1], a fascinating account of the final decades of the Comanche tribe.

1 - https://www.amazon.com/Empire-Summer-Moon-Comanches-Powerful...

by aaron-lebo   2017-10-03
It might be inaccurate, too.

I got a little too interested in the Comanche over the summer, which the article notes is actually a Ute word basically meaning "enemy". The Utes called them enemy because the Comanche prior to European contact lived in the Rockies much farther north. It was only the horse which allowed them to move out onto the plains. He's got them located in the plains of Texas, which again, they weren't at until probably after 1700 and when they were they completely dominated a region way bigger than that.


The Comanche emerged as a distinct group shortly before 1700, when they broke off from the Shoshone people[15] living along the upper Platte River in Wyoming. In 1680, the Comanche acquired horses from the Pueblo Indians after the Pueblo Revolt.[16] They separated from the Shoshone after this, as the horses allowed them greater mobility in their search for better hunting grounds.