A multicultural ethnohistory of Fort Davis, Texas



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Texas Tech University


Fort Davis, Texas was selected by the National Park Service in 1961 as a National Historic Site. This fort was part of the western line of forts built by the United States during the last half of the nineteenth century to control indigenous populations. Highly diverse cultures have inhabited Trans-Pecos Texas for thousands of years making the area truly multicultural in nature. Examination of the Prehistoric cultures, the Apache culture, the Hispanic culture, the Military culture, and the Park Service culture, that have all occupied the Fort Davis Region, allows for a well-rounded interpretation of the site. Each of these groups brought its own set of traditions and belief systems into the area which are evidenced in cultural survivals as they exist in Fort Davis today. The aim of this study is to examine the prehistoric to historic cultures in order to gain a better understanding of how they molded the ethno-historical development of the area.



Trans-Pecos (Tex. and N.M.) -- History, Indians of North America -- Antiquities -- History, Jeff Davis County (Tex.) -- History, Ethnohistory -- Texas -- Fort Davis