Chief Mangas Coloradas

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Chief Mangas Coloradas

In early 1861, the great Apache Chief Mangas Coloradas went to a mining camp at Santa Rita in New Mexico. He was going to tell the miners of richer veins nearby.  The whites tied him to a tree and flogged him to within an inch of his life.

When the beating was finished, Mangas crept back to his people.  He had once been a great supporter of peace with the whites.  But after the humiliating incident, Mangas joined his son-in-law Cochise in making war to the death.

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