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Lipan chief captured and brought to Bexar

December
11
1737

On this day in 1737, Cabellos Colorados (Red Hair), a Lipan Apache chief, was captured by Spanish forces. When the Spanish founded San Antonio in 1718, the Apaches had discovered a convenient, accessible location at which to stage raids against their European enemies. Little is known about Cabellos Colorados, but he appears in Spanish records on a number of occasions as he harassed the settlements. He figured prominently in a raid on San Antonio in 1731, and in 1734 his band seized two citizens in a raid. He stole horses from San Francisco de la Espada Mission and killed Indians from the missions of San Juan Capistrano and Nuestra Señora de la Purísima Concepción de Acuña. After numerous raids in 1736 and 1737, he was captured on December 11, 1737, and imprisoned at Bexar until October 1738, when he was sent as a prisoner to Mexico City.

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