The Comanche Empire

TitleThe Comanche Empire
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsHämäläinen, Pekka
Number of Pages500
PublisherYale University Press
CityNew Haven, CT
Abstract

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a Native American empire rose to dominate the fiercely contested lands of the American Southwest, the southern Great Plains, and northern Mexico. This powerful empire, built by the Comanche Indians, eclipsed its various European rivals in military prowess, political prestige, economic power, commercial reach, and cultural influence. Yet, until now, the Comanche empire has gone unrecognized in American history. This book uncovers the lost story of the Comanches. It is a story that challenges the idea of indigenous peoples as victims of European expansion and offers a new model for the history of colonial expansion, colonial frontiers, and Native-European relations in North America and elsewhere. The author shows in detail how the Comanches built their unique empire and resisted European colonization, and why they fell to defeat in 1875. 

URLhttps://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300151176/comanche-empire
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