Saturday, February 26, 2005

Pueblo Revolt: The Secret Rebellion That Drove the Spaniards Out of the Southwest by David Roberts

In 1680, the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico rose up against the Spanish military and the Catholic Church, killing many colonists and chasing the governor out of the territory. Before the rebellion the Spanish had enslaved the Indians, making them work as servants of the colonists and the Franciscan priests. Many of the Indians died of starvation, disease, and hard labor. How the supposedly meek and unorganized native peoples reclaimed their land and how the rebellion shaped the history of the region are the central topics of this book. The author also tells the story of his quest for the native tales. He tells how much of the oral tradition is still being kept secret by the Hopis, Navahos, and other tribes. Anyone wanting to understand the history of the Southwestern states should read this interesting book.

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