Soft Fork: The Apache Tribe and Bitcoin

Quick Take

  • This piece was inspired by my reading of Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom’s The Starfish and the Spider
  • The Apache Indians had a decentralized societal structure much like Bitcoin’s, which enabled them to survive for hundreds of years

In 1519, famed Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés had his eyes set on the Aztec capital, which was located in what we now know as Mexico City. Cortés was leading an expedition of the New World on behalf of the Spanish Empire, eager to bring back gold for his king.

Upon arrival, Cortés went straight to speak with Aztec leader Montezuma II, demanding gold from the ruler under threat of his army decimating the Aztec capital.