Texas and the Comanche Nation

by Julia Robb Matilda Lockhart’s nose may not have started the Comanche wars in Texas, but it’s fair to say the condition of Matilda’s nose escalated the Comanche war from skirmishes to a furnace of death and destruction. And the Comanche wars created Texas culture. If we are a tough-minded people, it’s because Texans fought the Comanche for more than 35 years. Briefly, here’s what happened. Comanches raided in Texas from the time settlers began arriving in the 1820’s, but it wasn’t full-blown warfare. Then in March, 1840, Penateka Comanche leaders said they wanted peace. (Comanche bands included, among others, […]