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Indian Alliances and the Spanish in the Southwest, 750-1750

Indian Alliances and the Spanish in the Southwest, 750-1750
William B. Carter
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, 2009
E78 .S7 C315 2009

When considering the history of the Southwest, scholars have typically viewed Apaches, Navajos, and other Athapaskans as marauders who preyed on Pueblo towns and Spanish settlements. William B. Carter now offers a multilayered reassessment of historical events and environmental and social change to show how mutually supportive networks among Native peoples created alliances in the centuries before and after Spanish settlement.

Combining recent scholarship on southwestern prehistory and the history of northern New Spain, Carter describes how environmental changes shaped American Indian settlement in the Southwest and how Athapaskan and Puebloan peoples formed alliances that endured until the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and even afterword. Established initially for trade, Pueblo-Athapaskan ties deepened with intermarriage and developments in the political realtities of the region. Carter also shows how Athapaskans influenced Pueblo econimies far more than previously supposed, and helped to erode SPanish influence.

In clearly explaining Native prehistory, Carter integrates clan origins with archaelogical data and historical accounts. He then shows how the Spanish conquest of New Mexico affected Native populations and the relations between them. His analysis of the Pueblo Revolt reveals that Athapaskan and Puebloan peoples were in close contact, underscoring the instrumental role that Athapaskan allies played in anticolonial resistance in New Mexico throughout the seventeenth century.

Written to appeal to both students and general readers, this fresh interpretation of borderlands ethnohistory provides a broad view as well as important insights for assessing subsequent social change in the region.

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