Pueblo Revolt Documents

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Pueblo Revolt Documents In 1680, various towns (or “pueblos”) of Taos, Acoma, Zuni, and other Indians rebelled against their Spanish-speaking colonizers. This was one of the most successful revolts against colonial rule in the Americas, and it would be over a decade before the Spanish would return to Santa Fe and reestablish the colony of New Mexico. Spanish colonization was not new in 1680 – rather, the first permanent Spanish colony in New Mexico had been established in 1598. These documents are testimony given by Indians to Spanish interrogators in 1681, as the Spanish tried to figure out why the revolt had started, what the Indians wanted, and which Indians were allies and which were rebels. Thus these documents need to be viewed with care. The speakers had every reason to
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Unformatted text preview: fear that if they gave the wrong answers, they could be killed. In addition, the questioners and the speakers often came from different cultural backgrounds, and may not have understood one another completely. Nonetheless, these texts offer a rare glimpse of an Indian perspective on colonization. In these documents, “pueblos” could refer to towns, to tribes, or to all the Indian peoples collectively. When the documents refer to “the religious,” the speakers meant Spanish-speaking monks and priests. While you read, think about why the Indians seem to have rebelled, why the rebellion succeeded for a while when so many other attempts at resistance failed, and also why might the Spanish have been allowed to return in the 1690s....
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This note was uploaded on 06/06/2008 for the course HISTORY 206 taught by Professor S.romney during the Spring '08 term at Whittier.

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