Other notable Chiricahua had been chiefs; Cochise and his father-in-law Mangas Coloradas
, a Spanish name in English meaning Red Sleeves.
"The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, the Apache Kid, and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History" by Paul Andrew Hutton (Professor of History at the University of New Mexico) is the true story Mickey Free, as well as the story of his contemporaries: the great Apache leaders Mangas Coloradas
, Cochise, and Victorio; the soldiers Kit Carson, O.
A New York City phrenologist once examined the detached skull of the great leader and diplomat Mangas Coloradas
after he was murdered under a flag of truce.
Victorio became the Mimbres' most important chief and resistance leader following the death of Mangas Coloradas
. Arguably, Victorio was the greatest military strategist and tactician in Apache history, exceeding even Mangas Coloradas
, Cochise, Nana, and Geronimo.
His namesake, Mangas Coloradas
, was a leader in the early years of the 1860s Apache Wars in southwestern United States.