Contesting Conquest: Indigenous Perspectives on the Spanish Occupation of Nueva Galicia, 1524-1545 by Ida AltmanContesting Conquest: Indigenous Perspectives on the Spanish Occupation of Nueva Galicia, 1524-1545 by Ida Altman

Contesting Conquest: Indigenous Perspectives on the Spanish Occupation of Nueva Galicia, 1524-1545

byIda Altman

Paperback | October 31, 2017

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Contesting Conquest presents an important set of indigenous and Spanish accounts that document Spain’s efforts to establish control over western Mexico during the first half of the sixteenth century.

Though the 1521 defeat of the Mexica of Tenochtitlan signaled the downfall of the Aztec empire, large areas outside of central Mexico still remained beyond the Spaniards’ control. Home to groups such as the Maya of present-day Yucatan and Guatemala and the diverse peoples of western Mexico, these regions were remarkably resilient in the face of Spanish conquest. Ida Altman provides the first English translations of a set of accounts that directly reflect the perspectives of these indigenous peoples. These include a chronicle of Mendoza’s campaign during the Mixton War, a letter from the exiled rebel leader Tenamaztle, and an account written by or on behalf of the rulers of the indigenous community of Xalisco. The narratives are supplemented by translations from Spanish sources that shed light on indigenous-Spanish interaction and conflict. Together these accounts provide insights into indigenous struggles and illuminate the resistance met by their would-be conquerors.

Providing multiple perspectives on Spanish campaigns to conquer modern-day Mexico and giving indigenous voices equal weight to that of the conquistadores, this book is an essential counterpoint to standard narratives of the Spanish conquest. It will be especially useful to students and scholars of Latin American colonial history.

Ida Altman is Professor of History at the University of Florida. Her most recent book is The War for Mexico’s West: Indians and Spaniards in New Galicia, 1524–1550. Ida Altman is Professor of History at the University of Florida. Her most recent book is The War for Mexico’s West: Indians and Spaniards in New Galicia, 1524–1550.
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Title:Contesting Conquest: Indigenous Perspectives on the Spanish Occupation of Nueva Galicia, 1524-1545Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.42 inPublished:October 31, 2017Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271078561

ISBN - 13:9780271078564

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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Series Editor’s Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Tenamaztle’s Lament

2 Spaniards Conquer the West

3 Insurrection and War

4 Xalisco and the New Order

Timeline for the History of Early Nueva Galicia

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will find that Altman’s superb selection of primary sources is the first of this volume’s many virtues. Her clear and succinct introductory chapter, deft and accessible translations, and explanatory sections linking the translations keep readers well situated. Scholars and students alike can enter and better understand this complicated and fascinating history of indigenous participation in the long conquest of greater Mexico.”—Sarah Cline, University of California, Santa Barbara