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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 2:25 p.m. PST

"COMANCHEROS. The Comancheros were natives of northern and central New Mexico who conducted trade for a living with the nomadic plains tribes, often at designated areas in the Llano Estacado. They cut trails followed by traders and later ranchers and settlers. They were so named because the Comanches, in whose territory they traded, were considered their best customers. The term, unknown in Spanish documents, was popularized during the 1840s by Josiah Gregg and subsequently applied by United States Army officers who were familiar with Gregg's accounts. Initially, the Comancheros' lucrative practices were considered legitimate, and trade grew slowly. Increased demand for cattle in New Mexico, however, led some to become "rustlers by proxy" who traded stolen cattle to the Indians. The resulting hostility between Indians and settlers led to army intervention in 1874 and the Comancheros' eventual demise…."
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COMANCHEROS. The Comancheros were natives of northern and central New Mexico who conducted trade for a living with the nomadic plains tribes, often at designated areas in the Llano Estacado. They cut trails followed by traders and later ranchers and settlers. They were so named because the Comanches, in whose territory they traded, were considered their best customers. The term, unknown in Spanish documents, was popularized during the 1840s by Josiah Gregg and subsequently applied by United States Army officers who were familiar with Gregg's accounts. Initially, the Comancheros' lucrative practices were considered legitimate, and trade grew slowly. Increased demand for cattle in New Mexico, however, led some to become "rustlers by proxy" who traded stolen cattle to the Indians. The resulting hostility between Indians and settlers led to army intervention in 1874 and the Comancheros' eventual demise.


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