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GEORGE S. ROBERTSON,
PEARCE, AZ - ©2004
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. . . . Cochise
The state of Arizona contains 10 counties named for Native American tribes or groups. It is that state's acknowledgment of the importance of these Peoples to its history and culture. But there is only one county that bears the name of a single man -- a Chiricahua Apache leader who was arguably the greatest war chief in the history of that storied tribe.
His name is Cochise, and the area presently covered by Cochise County bears a strong correlation to what in the mid eighteen fifties through the 1860s was The Land of Cochise.
This was the land of the Chokonen band of Chiricahua Apaches. Chokonen,
or "people of the forest", were more nomadic by nature than many other
Apache bands, a lifestyle dictated by the often harsh climate of the southwestern
desert. They ranged from northern Mexico up into present day Arizona,
and over into extreme south-western New Mexico.
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