The Pueblo Revolt of 1680: Conquest and Resistance in Seventeenth-Century New Mexico

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In August 1680 the Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico arose in fury to slay their Spanish colonial overlords and drive any survivors from the land. Andrew Knaut explores eight decades of New Mexican history leading up to the revolt, explaining how the newcomers had disrupted Pueblo life in far-reaching ways - they commandeered the Indians’ food stores, exposed the Pueblos to new diseases, interrupted long-established trading relationships, and sparked increasing raids by surrounding Athapaskan nomads. The ...

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Overview

In August 1680 the Pueblo Indians of northern New Mexico arose in fury to slay their Spanish colonial overlords and drive any survivors from the land. Andrew Knaut explores eight decades of New Mexican history leading up to the revolt, explaining how the newcomers had disrupted Pueblo life in far-reaching ways - they commandeered the Indians’ food stores, exposed the Pueblos to new diseases, interrupted long-established trading relationships, and sparked increasing raids by surrounding Athapaskan nomads. The Pueblo Indians’ violent success stemmed from an almost unprecedented unity of disparate factions and sophistication of planning in secrecy. When Spanish forces retook the colony in the 1690s, freedom proved short-lived. But the revolt stands as a vitally important yet neglected historical landmark: the only significant reversal of European expansion by Native American people in the New World.

"Succinct but well-told story of the Pueblo Revolt, popularly written and based on published primary and secondary sources. Uses insights developed by ethnohistorians. Emphasizes Spanish brutality"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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Knaut (history, Duke U.) analyzes the Pueblo Revolt and the events and forces leading to it, and what the revolt reveals about the changes Europeans brought to the Pueblo world and the changes experienced by Europeans as they interacted with Indians. He discusses early Pueblo acceptance of Christianity, Pueblo kiva and kachina traditions, and factors such as acculturation and racial mixing in the disintegration of European authority in 17th-century New Mexico. Contains b&w photos. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806129921
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 977,475
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Knaut holds the doctorate in history from Duke University. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 is his first book.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue - August 1680: "Now God and Santa Maria Were Dead" 3
Pt. I Early Contacts in New Mexico: Conquest and Visions of Distance 17
Ch. 1 Onate's Entrada 20
Ch. 2 "To Love and Fear Us" 36
Pt. II Weathering the Storm: Pueblo Cultural Endurance 53
Ch. 3 A Worldly Salvation: Early Pueblo Acceptances of Christianity 57
Ch. 4 Kiva and Kachina: Pueblo Tradition Goes Underground 72
Ch. 5 The Church-State Conflict: Pueblo Benefits 88
Pt. III A Dissolving Presence: The Disintegration of European Authority in Seventeenth-Century New Mexico 119
Ch. 6 A Forgotten Province 122
Ch. 7 Acculturation and Miscegenation: The Changing Face of the Spanish Presence in New Mexico 136
Ch. 8 A Colony Lost 152
Epilogue 171
Notes 189
Works Cited 231
Index 241
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