Texas Rangers with Winchesters

Photo-South Texas  1880s

In 1835 Daniel Parker introduced a bill into the Texas Congress calling for 600 men to patrol Texas’ frontiers. The Republic of Texas comprised 15,000 people, the Comanche nation had 20,000, and Mexico held millions. Parker’s troops were to “range out” and confront Mexican and Comanche raiding parties that had been setting upon white settlers. A year later Parker’s niece, Cynthia Parker, was kidnapped during a Comanche raid; her aunts were assaulted and their men killed. Over the next decade, Daniel Parker’s brother James made solo forays into Comanche territory to rescue Cynthia (his story was the basis for John Ford’s The Searchers, the 1956 film starring John Wayne). But James failed in his quest, and in time Cynthia and Comanche chief Peta Nocona had a son, who would become the Comanche war chief Quanah Parker.

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