Quanah Parker

Quanah Parker

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  • Quanah Parker, the last Chief of the Commanches,  saw a great leader. He never lost a battle with his enemy, but he did surrender to a white man's culture.  His mother, Cynthia Anne Parker, was a captive of a Comanche, who soon adapted to the Comanche's nomadic way of life.  His father, Peta Nocona, was chief before Quanah. Peta died while defending the encampment against the Texas Rangers.
  • Let's raid the settlers!!
  • After the Treaty of Medicine Lodge, Quanah and his followers decided to raid settlers. They became fugitives.  Ranald S. Mackenzie tried to capture them but failed, because the Quanah and his followers were moving too much. 
  • Chief!
  • Mackenzie gave up the search and had the buffalo hunters go on the plains. This, of course, turned the attention of the Indians. Quanah and his followers were forced to take action before the buffalo hunters do something.  Quanah Parker decided to attack a defending post at the adobe walls. But, the defenders had the advantage of having buffalo guns. As a result, the plan failed.  Numerous of Indians dies, and Paker was wounded.
  • After the battle of the Able walls, 15 Indians died. There were a lot of Indians that were injured including Parker.  They were beaten and unorganized. Just in one year, Quanah Parker and the other Indians were hungry.  Quanah Parker finally surrendered to the Texans and move to a reservation place up in the South.
  • After surrendering. Parker adapted to the settlement with the white men ways. Even though Quanah wasn't a chief anymore, he still gets called that by groups that were thinking of various ways to reunite.
  • In the end, he supported schools, reservations, and encouraged youths to learn the white men ways of life.  He was also a wealthy stock raiser. 
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