Captain John Smith was an English soldier and an explorer. He had stated that he caught sight of a mermaid off of Newfoundland in 1614, noting that “her long green hair imparted to her an original character that was by no means unattractive.”
Gouyen (c. 1857-1903) was a member of Victorio's band during their final days evading U.S. and Mexican troops along the U.S.-Mexican border. On October 14, 1880, the group was resting at Tres Castillos, Mexico when they were surrounded and attacked by Mexican soldiers. Victorio and 77 other Apache were killed, and several taken prisoner. Only 17 Apache escaped, including Gouyen and her young son Kaywaykla. Her infant daughter was said to have been killed in the attack.