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The Comanche Indians of Texas were a fierce, nomadic tribe known for their use of horses to spread and control their domination of the north, west and central regions of the state. During the 1700s and throughout much of the 1800s, the Comanche Indians of Texas thrived as they acquired weapons and horses to fight off the Spanish, other Indian tribes and eventually white settlers.
(Image: A Comanche Village in 1834 by George Catlin) "The Comanches were almost as new to Texas as the Spanish. They came from way up north from northern Colorado. The Comanches were once part of the Shoshone Indians. The Comanche language and the Shoshone language are still almost the same. Bands of Comanches began moving south. By around 1740 they first showed up in the Texas panhandle."