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In the 18th and early 19th 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 compelling and original 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. Pekka Hämäläinen shows in vivid detail how the Comanches built their unique empire and resisted European colonization, and why they fell to defeat in 1875. With extensive knowledge and deep insight, the author brings into clear relief the Comanches' remarkable impact on the trajectory of history.
©2008 Yale University (P)2016 Tantor
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"A fascinatingly informative volume." ( Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ronald D. on 12-12-16

outstanding

simply brilliant. This will change your perspective on many subjects. it is well worth the read

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert B. on 05-05-17

Why is this not taught in American schools

definitely not a white washed version of an Indian tale. eye popping contrast from the American telling of the exact same story. no lies to make it easier

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