Storms Brewed in Other Men's Worlds: The Confrontation of by Elizabeth John

By Elizabeth John

Spanning and a part centuries, from the earliest contacts within the 1540s to the crumbling of Spanish strength within the 17908, Storms Brewed in different Men's Worlds is a breathtaking view of Indian peoples and Spanish and French intruders within the early Southwest. the first concentration is the area of the yankee Indian, starting from the Caddos within the east to the Hopis within the west, and together with the histories of the Pueblo, Apache, Navajo, Ute, and Wichita peoples. inside this quarter, from Texas to New Mexico, the Comanches performed a key, formative function, and no much less compelling is the tale of the Hispanic frontier peoples who weathered the precarious, usually onerous means of evolving coexistence with the Indians at the northern frontier of recent Spain. First released in 1975, this moment version contains a new preface and afterword through Elizabeth A. H. John, within which she discusses present examine concerns and the prestige of the Indian peoples of the Southwest.

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At court in Madrid, where Vargas was much praised and honored for his accomplishments in New Mexico, his imprisonment was unknown until 1701, a year after he was released at the viceroy's order. Vargas, who had lived three years a prisoner, jailed in irons for the last four months, rode to Mexico City to win vindication in the courts. Meanwhile, Spanish authority in New Mexico again presented a sorry spectacle. Not content with having jailed his predecessor, by 1699 Cubero was also at odds with the Franciscans, whom he accused of incompetence and meddling.

In some pueblos, the children gathered regularly at noon to pray. The Franciscans saw some results: a few baptisms and marriages performed; some non-Christian marriages sundered. The Indians supported their missionaries with gifts of tortillas and game, much as they had long supported their native shamans; they tilled the mission fields and tended the mission herds as well as their own. Most attended faithfully their duties in both kiva and church and found no serious conflict. Â < previous page < previous page page_138 page_139 next page > next page > 35 36 Page 139 Not content with that patient cooperation, the missionaries strove to root out all pagan practice and belief.

Down in the kivas, the young men 24 Frank D. Reeve, ''Navaho-Spanish Wars, 1680-1720,'' New Mexico Historical Review 33 (1958): 213-214. Â < previous page < previous page page_148 page_149 next page > next page > Page 149 learned the old principles: never quarrel; always give visitors enough to eat, even when there is hardly anything to eat yourself. Secured on their lands by decrees of the Spanish Crown, surviving Pueblos were richer farmers than before. Those innovations that appealed to their sense of economy and did not offend their sense of fitness became so well assimilated that their alien origins faded from memory.

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