Caster (Geronimo)

Native American and the leader of the Chiricahua Apache tribe who fought against the American colonization in the 1800s. He was also known as Goyathlay or Goyahkla, which means ‘one who yawns’ to his people.

According to members of his tribe, Geronimo had mystical powers that let him see any event, even ones from the future.

He had a disdain towards Mexicans due to a surprise raid from a militia unit that ended the lives of his mother, wife and three children. A voice came to him and blessed him against bullets, and with 200 men, he hunted down those who had slain his loved ones.

With a small band of followers, Geronimo fought against the American armies, his most devoted believing he was the greatest defender of their way of life. Some, including members of his own tribe, believed he was a stubborn fool who was driven by revenge.

He was the last member of his tribe to surrender in 1886, where he was put under heavy guard. During this time, Geronimo’s celebrity status skyrocketed, allowing him even an audience with President Roosevelt, who still refused to let his people back home.

He died in 1909, after falling from his horse and surviving the bitter cold of night, until a friend found him and took him to his nephew, where he passed away six days later, in regret of ever surrendering.

On This Day, February 7, 1909: Geronimo (Chiricahua: “one who yawns”; often spelled Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English) passed away.

He was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. Geronimo was an expert tactician and leader, successfully evading both the US and Mexican military for over a year. He died of pneumonia on February 17, 1909, as a prisoner of the United States at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Via El Machetero