Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995. First Edition, First Printing. Boards. 8vo (8 1/2" x 5 5/8"), textured maroon boards with black printed label & Pueblo design on spine, illustrated with 8 B&W photographic figures and 2 maps, Mylar-protected maroon dust jacket (unclipped) with repetition of spine's Pueblo design, xx + 248 pages. Very Fine / Very Fine. Item #2803
Following the conquest of northern New Mexico by Juan de Oñate, Spanish rulers subjugated the pueblo Indians and forced them to adopt Christianity. Their religious centers (kivas) and sacramental objects (kachinas) were destroyed and any resistance to Spanish rule led to imprisonment and brutal torture.
During the spring of 1680, the Pueblo Indians rebelled and managed to overthrow their Spanish oppressors. A religious leader named "Pope" (aka "Popay") was able to secretly organize a rebellion throughout the region in more than 70 native communities. On the night of August 10, 1680, Indians in more than two dozen pueblos simultaneously attacked the Spanish, and 2,500 warriors sacked the colonial headquarters in Santa Fe. As a result, more than 400 Spanish soldiers, civilians, and many Catholic priests were killed and others were forced back to El Paso.
The leaders of the Indians then reestablished their native religions and government which lasted until 1692. The Pueblo Revolt of 1680--like the Pontiac rebellion in New England--was briefly successful and major act of resistance by Native Americans against their European conquerors.
EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION internally & externally: tight, bright, illustrated--as new.