4 September – On this day
Apache chief Geronimo surrenders to U.S. government troops, after a long struggle trying to defend his homeland.
For 30 years, the mighty Native American warrior had battled against both US and Mexican incursions into his tribe’s homeland; however, by 1886 the Apaches were exhausted and hopelessly outnumbered. General Nelson Miles accepted Geronimo’s surrender, making him the last Indian warrior to formally give in to U.S. forces and signalling the end of the Indian Wars in the South-west.
Geronimo’s name was given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers and means “the one who yawns”.