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Courtesy of the Arizona Historical Society, Tucson, AZ [B112998]

Henry Buehman

Buffalo Soldier and Indian Wife

During the mid-nineteenth century, people of color lived in relative freedom and safety in border regions on the outskirts of the Mexican territory or in sparsely settled areas of U.S. territory. Spanish-speaking communities composed of black people, Native Americans, and Native people from Mexico intermarried and created a culture that combined various traditions.

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