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Apache Adaptation to Hispanic Rule

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As a definitive study of the poorly understood Apaches de paz, this book explains how war-weary, mutually suspicious Apaches and Spaniards negotiated an ambivalent compromise after 1786 that produced over four decades of uneasy peace across the region. In response to drought and military pressure, thousands of Apaches settled near Spanish presidios in a system of reservation-like establecimientos, or settlements, stretching from Laredo to Tucson. Far more significant than previously assumed, the establecimientos constituted the earliest and most extensive set of military-run reservations in the Americas and served as an important precedent for Indian reservations in the United States. As a case study of indigenous adaptation to imperial power on colonial frontiers and borderlands, this book reveals the importance of Apache-Hispanic diplomacy in reducing cross-cultural violence and the limits of indigenous acculturation and assimilation into empires and states.

Product code: 9781107547322

ISBN 9781107547322
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H229xW152xS18
No. Of Pages 317
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Studies in North American Indian History
Aimed at scholars of American Indians, early North America, and colonial Mexico, this book explores how Apache groups negotiated peace and adapted to Spanish and Mexican colonialism. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, it combines Spanish documents from archives in Spain, Mexico, and the US, with anthropology, archaeology, and Nde (Apache) oral history.