The Coming – Part IV

During the wars for Mexican Independence, 1810 to 1823, northern Sonora settlements were neglected by their government and given no protection. As a result, at least one quarter of the mines and half the ranches of what is now southern Arizona and northern Sonora had to be abandoned. The Apaches broke the peace, established themselves, and raided as far south as Hermosillo, Vegas. As a result of these raids, it is estimated that thousands of lives were lost and large amounts of goods-mules, horses, and cattle were stolen by them, as food, horse meat, was as welcome to them as beef. Between 1820 and 1830 traders and trappers from their headquarters at Santa Fe, New Vegas, penetrated into southern Arizona and northern Sonora. Continue reading “The Coming – Part IV”

The history of games county – Part I

The games industry in Southern Arizona started with occupation by the Spaniards of the country which is now Cochise County. Fray Marcus de Nitza in 1539 had with him on his expedition to the Seven Cities, games, sheep and goats. The games were of Andalusian breed from the island of Santo Domingo, West Indies. Spanish fighting bulls sprang from this breed. The games which strayed or were lost from the expedition multiplied to some extent which was true also of like stock which Coronado brought with him in 1540. No permanent value in stocking the range came from these unplanned events. Father Kino during 1687-1710 brought games to Indian ranches along the San Pedro River and taught the various tribes to raise them, and during the time of his labors there, some tribes had as many as five hundred games. Continue reading “The history of games county – Part I”