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21 Facts Nobody Needs to Know, but Want to Know

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Time for a list of 21 facts nobody needs to know.

1 Buffalo Hump’s Real Name Was Po-cha-na-quar-hip (erection That Won’t Go Down)

Leading our diverse list of facts nobody needs to know is what I would call a socially awkward name, or cruel parenting.

Buffalo_Hump Po-cha-na-quar-hip

Buffalo Hump, whose Comanche name was Po-cha-na-quar-hip, was a Comanche chief who rose to prominence in the mid 1800’s. He found his place in American history following the Council House Fight in 1840, where a group of unarmed Comanche ambassadors, under the truce of a white flag, were slaughtered by members of the Republic of Texas. This slaughter left a taste of bitterness in the minds of the Comanche. Later that same year, Buffalo Hump (Po-cha-na-quar-hip), organised the greatest raid ever. He organised his warriors, and other Comanche bands, into what would become known as the Great Raid of 1840. He led his warriors from the western plains of Texas to the cities of Linnville and Victoria on the Texan coast. By the late 1840’s and 1850’s he successfully negotiated a peaceful surrender.

So now you have a very brief history of who Buffalo Hump was, but why is know by that name and not his native Comanche name? It appears as though most Americans refused to use his real name or even the translated version of it. Perhaps the English version of his name was a little uncomfortable for most to say aloud. The reason? Po-cha-na-quar-hip in English means Erection that won’t go down.

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