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The Apache are best known for their fierce fighting skills and engaging in battles against other tribes and white settlers. They successfully defended their land during Spanish colonization, but the introduction of horses and better weapons by the Spanish led to increased intertribal warfare. By the mid-19th century, Apache lands were in the path of the American westward movement. Many Apache heroes are known for their strong but futile resistance to the United States that lasted through the beginning of the 20th century.

Featured Fact: The Apache usually had matrilocal societies. The husband often lived with his wife's family and worked for them.

Photo source: Library of Congress

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