Geronimo (jərŏn´əmō´), c.1829–1909, leader of a Chiricahua group of the Apaches, b. Arizona. From his youth he participated in the forays of Cochise, Victorio, and other Apache leaders. When the Chiricahua Reservation was abolished (1876) and the Apaches removed to the arid San Carlos Agency in New Mexico, Geronimo led a group of followers into Mexico. He was soon captured and returned to the new reservation, where he farmed for a while. In 1881 he escaped again with a group (including a son of Cochise) and led raids in Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. He surrendered (1883) to forces under Gen. George Crook and was returned to the reservation. In 1885 he again left, and after almost a year of war he agreed to surrender to Crook, but at the last minute Geronimo fled. His escape led to censure of Crook's policy. Late in 1886, Geronimo and the remainder of his forces surrendered to Gen. Nelson Appleton Miles, Crook's successor. They were deported as prisoners of war to Florida; contrary to an agreement, they were not allowed to take their families with them. After a further period in prison in Alabama, Geronimo was placed under military confinement at Fort Sill, Okla., where he settled down, adopted Christianity, and became a prosperous farmer. He became a national celebrity when he appeared at the St. Louis World's Fair and in Theodore Roosevelt's inaugural procession. He dictated his autobiography to S. M. Barrett (1906, repr. 1970).

See biographies by A. B. Adams (1971), A. Debo (1976), and R. M. Utley (2012); studies by B. Davis (1929, repr. 1963), J. Bigelow (1958, repr. 1968), and O. B. Faulk (1969).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Geronimo: Selected full-text books and articles

Geronimo: A Biography By Mary A. Stout Greenwood, 2009
The Truth about Geronimo By Britton Davis; M. M. Quaife University of Nebraska Press, 1976
Geronimo and the End of the Apache Wars By C. L. Sonnichsen University of Nebraska Press, 1990
Legends of American Indian Resistance By Edward J. Rielly Greenwood, 2011
Librarian's tip: "Geronimo" begins on p. 215
The Geronimo Campaign By Odie B. Faulk Oxford University Press, 1993
The Apache Indians By Frank C. Lockwood University of Nebraska Press, 1987
Apache Voices: Their Stories of Survival as Told to Eve Ball By Eve Ball; Sherry Robinson University of New Mexico Press, 2000
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
A Hero to His Fighting Men: Nelson A. Miles, 1839-1925 By Peter R. DeMontravel Kent State University Press, 1998
Leonard Wood, a Biography By Hermann Hagedorn Harper and Brothers, vol.1, 1931
Tom Horn: Last of the Bad Men By Jay Monaghan University of Nebraska Press, 1997
Frontier Regulars the United States Army and the Indian, 1866-1891 By Robert M. Utley University of Nebraska Press, 1973
Librarian's tip: Chap. Nineteen "Geronimo, 1881-86"
Looking for a topic idea? Use Questia's Topic Generator
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.