Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2008 - History - 225 pages
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For more than four hundred years in New Mexico, Pueblo Indians and Spaniards have lived “together yet apart.” Now the preeminent historian of that region's colonial past offers a fresh, balanced look at the origins of a precarious relationship.

John L. Kessell has written the first narrative history devoted to the tumultuous seventeenth century in New Mexico. Setting aside stereotypes of a Native American Eden and the Black Legend of Spanish cruelty, he paints an evenhanded picture of a tense but interwoven coexistence. Beginning with the first permanent Spanish settlement among the Pueblos of the Rio Grande in 1598, he proposes a set of relations more complicated than previous accounts envisioned and then reinterprets the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and the Spanish reconquest in the 1690s. Kessell clearly describes the Pueblo world encountered by Spanish conquistador Juan de Oņate and portrays important but lesser-known Indian partisans, all while weaving analysis and interpretation into the flow of life in seventeenth-century New Mexico.

Brimming with new insights embedded in an engaging narrative, Kessell's work presents a clearer picture than ever before of events leading to the Pueblo Revolt. Pueblos, Spaniards, and the Kingdom of New Mexico is the definitive account of a volatile era.

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This is a good overview of the early history of Spanish colonization of New Mexico. It is divided by time periods and describes the various Spanish governors and the hardships they faced colonizing ... Read full review

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I enjoyed this quick read. An interesting lens to look at 17th century New Mexico. I think there are some promising threads that Kessell is pulling at regarding the relationship of the Pueblo Indians and the Spanish settlers, missionaries, and administrators. Read full review


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John L. Kessell is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of New Mexico.

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