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”