Apache Adaptation to Hispanic Rule (Studies in North American Indian History)

Apache Adaptation to Hispanic Rule (Studies in North American Indian History)

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Matthew Babcock
Cambridge University Press, 9/26/2016
EAN 9781107121386, ISBN10: 1107121388

Hardcover, 315 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
Language: English

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.

1. Peace and war
2. Precedents
3. Ambivalent compromise
4. Acculturation and adaptation
5. Collapse and independence
6. Resilience and survival
7. Epilogue