Showdown at Chaperito by Michael T Young

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In the rush to settle the lands that the United States took from Mexico after the Treaty of Hidalgo, the Anglo settlers traveled into the area that made up the New Mexican territories. The new movement of American settlers was spurred on by the Country’s belief in Manifest Destiny. This belief in a God given right to take the land, created opportunities for many Americans who were willing to invest in materials and manpower so they could travel west and settle the lands by farming, ranching and mining the natural resources of the country. The movement fed on itself and continued to create more and more opportunities for adventurous men and women as the new frontier expanded. Needs for the new settlers had to be met and small settlements sprung up around junctions and trails where the settlers could be refitted and re-supplied on their way west. Many people made their fortunes by supplying these settlers. The new settlers were not without their troubles as the current inhabitants, the American Indians resisted the onslaught of civilization into their lands. The Anglo settlers did not have the same mindset as did the Spanish settlers that had come into the lands earlier under the flag of Mexico. They had an unspoken agreement with the Indians and considered the Indian harvesting some of their crops or taking a few sheep or cattle as the Indian passed through the land, just part of the cost of doing business. They also considered the land public domain and did not fence it. Therefore they were able to get along well with the Indians. The Anglo rancher however viewed the Indian actions as theft and demanded the service of the United States Army to protect the settlements from Indian depredation. Some men were less than honest in their endeavors to convince the U.S. Army to move into their areas. Many of the ranchers found that a sizable company of army troops in their area could result in an instant market where the ranchers and farmers could make a profit by trading with the troops and selling grain to feed their horses and cattle to feed the troops. A problem was that Congress did not believe in a large standing army and many areas were protected by volunteer forces that would be fielded in times of local crisis. The existing army was spread very thin in the new west and needed to prioritize their responses to the areas that had the worst Indian problems. Many of the unscrupulous settlers resulted in making false reports of Indian degradation to their fields and live stock to persuade the army to frequent their areas. Some went further then that including deadly measures to ensure the army’s presence. This story is intermingled with truth and fiction. It is based on the life in the southwest and tells of a profiteer who manipulated the people of the Gallinas Valley of San Miguel County, and attempted to swindle the army so he could profit from his dishonest actions. This story will cover many characters that could have existed in a newly settled land. There will be the local deputy and his brother of the small town of Chaperito, located 33 miles south of Las Vegas New Mexico. The local army commander from Fort Union will play a major part in the story, as he is manipulated by the profiteer. An unlikely heroine steps into the story as she develops a strong bond with a pony soldier who is recruited to investigate the Indian degradation and the possible connection to the Spivey ranch. Many characters will come and go in this story. Some will win the heart of the reader and yet others will be down-right irritating. The setting for the story starts in the American South and moves to the Gallinas Valley in San Miguel County, New Mexico, at the edge of the Santa Fe Trail. The nearest large settlements were Anton Chico to the south and Las Vegas to the north.
 

About Michael T Young

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Michael Thomas Young is an American story teller. He enjoys writing about the American West but has also written Political Satire and Biographical stories. He is currently working on his first Sci-Fi thriller. Born in Denver Colorado in 1951, Young is a direct descendent of the pioneers that settled the Southwest. Story telling was a main source of entertainment that was passed on by his family and planted in him, the seed of desire to be a story teller From the time he was eight years old he would entertain his two sisters, Sherree and Toni with stories he would make up on the spot. The stories pleased his sisters so that soon it became a nightly ritual just before bed time. By the time he was eleven Young had built a hiding place in the attic of his parents house where he spent many hours reading and writing stories. One summer night he was found out by his father who at first was upset that his son was using the attic but when he discovered some of the stories he had written he changed his mind and encourage his son to continue to write, but to do it in his room and not the attic.Like many writers Young had found out at an early age that the environment where one writes can influence the writers work. Young found that he did better when he was in an environment where he was alone and not disturbed. He let his imagination run wild and day dream and then wrote about his dreams and thoughts. At eighteen Young had finished high school and entered college but after his first semester he felt the need to get away from his home town and soon fell in with a friend who persuaded him that a life of adventure lay ahead of them and all they need do was to join the military and then the world would open up to them. This led to his entry into the US Air Force. The world did open up to him as he was sent to Vietnam during 1972 during the Easter Offensive by the NVA.After his discharge from the military he lived in Wyoming and fell in love with the mid west. He worked with horses and held a job at a grain elevator delivering grain and hay to local ranches.During his travels he lived in several states including Oregon, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, and California. He sttled in California and continued his education and took work in communications and finally retail management. All the time he continued to keep story telling as part of his life and after he retired from the retail world he wrote his first novel . Hardly a Hero which chronicled his service in the military. He was first published in “La Herencia”2
 
Published May 15, 2013 by Michael T Young. 362 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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