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Geronimo has, as they say, done it by himself.
Far from having the legendary charisma of a Cochise or even of a Victorio, he rose through the ranks of the Chiricahua community and faced the reproaches with which every passionate warrior who, after numerous failures wiped in mindless adventures and false promises, persisted in an attitude likely to put the tribe in danger.
His attitude disregarded the caste of the leaders and their heredity. In the months that followed after the massacre of his family in János, the young man mourned forever in the depths of his being and was sent as an emissary to visit leaders like Juh, Cochise and many other rancherías where he met the four Chiricahuas groups.
The chiefs, having realized that he had lost most of his family during the tragedy, allowed the one who was still Goyathley to prepare himself and then to organize the vengeance.
He was seen busy for months recruiting warriors, he knew how to convince them while making them sought vengeance with him.
A single watchword reigned then: ” The war, the war, the war!!! “
At the end of the fight of which the Apaches came out victorious, Goyathley received his name from the Mexicans screaming in terror: Beware, beware, Geronimo!
He had just killed a large number of them on the day, it seems, that … Saint Jerome was there, on September 30th! As for the year, it appears out that these events took place in 1851.
The Mexicans shouted that name with terror; Goyathley’s companions heard him and resumed him in chorus of victory. It was a sign, a designation.
Goyathley was to become Geronimo.