WI: The Navajo and Apache don't move to the American Southwest

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Mort the Reaper, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Mort the Reaper Well-Known Member

    Feb 14, 2019
    Despite being heavily associated with the American Southwest, the Navajo and Apache are believed to have been originally from Northwestern Canada and Eastern Alaska. What if they'd stayed there?
  2. Kerney defender of low probability atls everywhere

    Feb 23, 2010
    You could very easily find the old Pueblos in Arizona, particularly the Grand Canyon and Kayenta (steady water, variable biomes) when the Spanish invade/create New Mexico, either as they come in or after a revolt.

    The Hopi who eventually established Hotivilla did this temporarily in the early 20th century when at odds with the US government. The Pecos similarly moved to Jemez when their community faced threats from Plains Indians.

    Alternately, the Utes could have expanded into Navajo Land and probably adopted many Pueblo Clans like the Navajo did (30+Navajo clans have Puebloan roots even though they are assimilated) creating a hybrid culture much like otl Navajo.

    New Mexico (the upper Rio Gande Valley) would most like be more Spanish/less Pueblo or overrun by invaders from the Plains. It is possible New Spain would end at El Paso.