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Council House Fight Damages Comanche-White Relations

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On this day in 1840, Republic of Texas soldiers killed some 30 Penatekas Comanche leaders and warriors and 5 women and children in the Council House Fight in San Antonio. The Comanches had come seeking peace. Texas officials demanded that all captives be returned, but the Penatekas brought only a few. Texas soldiers entered the peace talks and informed the Chiefs they would be held as hostages until all remaining captives were released. The Chiefs attempted to escape, calling to the tribesmen outside for help, and the soldiers killed most of the Comanches remaining in the Council House. Six whites were killed and 20 injured.

One Comanche woman was released, with orders to secure the release of the other captives, in exchange for the 27 Comanches remaking. The Penatekas refused to respond, and most of the remaining hostages escaped.

The Council House fight outraged the Comanches, as they felt the ambassadors should be immune from acts of war. Led by Buffalo Hump, the Penatekas retaliated by raiding deep into Texas, and the Comanche hatred of Texans deepened and contributed much to the violence of the frontier.

 

TSHA

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We have a lot of blood on our hands for sure. Trying to remember what it was called... Manifest Destiny? We just ran people out of their homes and lands.

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Yep, and children's Saturday morning tv used to celebrate our Manifest Destiny..as with slavery, it wasn't me..all we can do now is respect the history while disagreeing..

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Such is life when you raid and kill folks and take them captive.

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