The Death of Geronimo – Apache Warrior and Chief – The British Newspaper Archive Blog


The Death of Geronimo – Apache Warrior and Chief

Historical newspaper reports from 1908 and 1909 about the life and death of Geronimo

On 17 February 1909, the famous Apache warrior and chief, Geronimo, died of pneumonia (he had lain out in the cold all the previous night, following a fall from a horse) at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, aged 79.

He died as a prisoner of the United States and it’s reported that his final words were: ‘I should have never surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive.’

To mark the day, we’ve posted two stories from the Archive that report on Geronimo’s life and death.

Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser – Friday 16 October 1908

Image © Northcliffe Media Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Aberdeen Journal – Saturday 20 February 1909



3 comments On The Death of Geronimo – Apache Warrior and Chief

  • The pronunciation with ‘H’ of Geronimo and his Indian name,reminds me that
    in comics the speech bubble of attacking ‘Injuns’ was HOCKAHAY!

  • As a white child growing up in Alberta, Canada during the ’40’sand 50’s, I was always a fan of Geronimo. We had somehow, been told of the killing of his wife and children and we empathized with his deep sorrow,thus, we became Geronimo converts and always chose to be ‘Indians’ instead of ‘cowboys’ in our childish mock battles. Several Indian families lived not far from my home and I always felt kindly toward them, even at 6 yrs old.

    • Yes, it’s a very sad tale, the story of Geronimo’s family. Knowing what happened helps us to understand why he was so distrustful of the US authorities of that time.

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