Maya Conquistador by Matthew RestallMaya Conquistador by Matthew Restall

Maya Conquistador

byMatthew Restall

Paperback | September 15, 1999

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Exploring firsthand accounts written by Maya nobles from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries-many of them previously untranslated-Restall offers the first Maya account of the conquest. The story holds surprising twists: The conquistadors were not only Spaniards but also Mayas, reconstructing their own governance and society, and the Spanish colonization of the Yucatan was part of an ongoing pattern of adaptation and survival for centuries.
Matthew Restall, author of Life and Death in a Maya Community and The Maya World, is associate professor of Colonial Latin American History at Pennsylvania State University and lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
Title:Maya ConquistadorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.2 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Beacon PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0807055077

ISBN - 13:9780807055076

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From the 16th to the 19th century, the Spanish inhabited the Yucatan region and systemically attempted to push out the native Mayan populationFrom the 16th to the 19th centuries, the Spanish inhabited the Yucatan region and systemically attempted to push out the native Mayan population. Despite the struggle, many of the Mayans managed to stand their ground, saving their culture from eradication. Drawing on previously untranslated eyewitness accounts from the Mayan elite, Matthew Restall relays a compelling story of Spanish colonization with Maya Conquistador.

Editorial Reviews

At last, the Mayas' perspective of the Spanish Conquest! Evocative and poignant. -Susan Schroeder, author of Chimalpahin and the Kingdoms of Chalco"Matthew Restall has discovered the lost world and re-awakened the silent voices of Maya conquistadors. Now everyone can read some of the surprising sources he has wrested from neglected archives, which make colonial society vivid and intelligible as never before." -Felipe Fernández-Armesto, author of Before Columbus and Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years "Now joining The Broken Spears in importance. . . . Maya Conquistador is provocative and highly recommended. It will undoubtedly alter previous views of the relationship between the Mayas and the Spanish conquerors of the Yucatan." -James C. Harrison, Multicultural Review