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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The Comanches - The Lance - #TidbitThursday

Welcome to our newest addition to the blog - Historical Tidbit Thursdays!

Today we're going to examine one more piece of a warrior's arsenal - the lance or spear.


A lance or spear was 6-7 feet long and was thrust from under the arm (not thrown like a javelin). The tip was made of iron or steel (probably of flint before trading brought metal). A war lance was hooked on the end like a shepherd's hook.

It was considered cowardly for a warrior to retreat from hand-to-hand combat while carrying his lance.

The lance would be set upright outside the warrior's tipi with the scalps of his victims dangling from it like a trophy case.

Source:
The Comanches: Lords of the South Plains by Ernest Wallace and E. Adamson Hoebel; ISBN#978-0806120409
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Photo Credit - Lance - https://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/images/lance-catlin.jpg

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