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Kiersten PellerinANTH:361Dr. Anderson1 April, 201719th Century Maya at WarMexico spent nearly the entire nineteenth century at war; war with itself, war with the Americans, the French, the Maya, and several others. The Maya Caste War, specifically, is of great interest in that it was the first time that the Maya successfully rose up against their oppressors. In many ways, the Caste War can be compared to the American Revolution- both wanted freedom, independence and to be self-governing. The nineteenth century would set the stage for Mexico’s future, and with it, Maya independence.Before the Caste War in Yucatan, Mexico was engaged in a territory war with the United States. This occurred when the Americans tried to take land in Mexican territory, namely Texas. “It was to be a few skirmishes for a few weeks; but it continued [for] two years, with nearly thirty battles,” (War 211) those opposed to the war, such as the anonymous author of War Delusions, voiced their opinions and tried to deter those in favor of battle by questioning the ethics of the entire war. This author in particular claimed that “war is a process not of justice, but revenge; the way only for brutes or fiends to right their wrongs,” (War 213) and that it was not very Christian of them to be killing each other senselessly. He (or she) goes on to call the whole

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