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By Alonso De Benavides, Baker H. Morrow

ISBN-10: 0870813854

ISBN-13: 9780870813856

Approximately 400 years outdated, this detailed vintage of Southwestern American historical past is now to be had in a contemporary translation to a large studying public. Fray Alonso de Benavides, a Portuguese Franciscan and 3rd head of the project church buildings of recent Mexico, released this hugely attractive ebook in 1630 as his respectable report back to the king of Spain. In 1625, Father Benavides and his occasion travelled north from Mexico urban through creaking oxcart and mule again to arrive the challenge fields of latest Mexico.A willing observer, Benavides defined New Mexico as an odd land of frozen rivers, Indian citadels, and elusive mines choked with silver and garnets. Benavides and his Franciscan brothers outfitted faculties, erected church buildings, engineered peace treaties, gazed in awe at never-ending miles of buffalo grazing placidly at the nice Plains, and have been stated to accomplish miracles. the main thorough and riveting account ever written of Southwestern lifestyles within the early seventeen century, "A Harvest of Reluctant Souls" is straight away medieval and a story of the Renaissance - a portrait of the Pueblos, the Apaches, and the Navajos at a time of basic switch of their lives.

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The Europeans presume in all instances to tell the Indians in detail about the only possible God and to scold them self-righteously about their social and religious shortcomings. They rearrange Pueblo towns, homes, economies, and lives wholesale and without the least compunction. This is often standard fare for conquerors in any age, and so the Spaniards are not unique in this respect. But we can see in their behavior and in the response of the Indians the gathering dark clouds that would eventually break in the fierce Pueblo Revolt of 1680the greatest and most successful Native American uprising of all time.

The Europeans presume in all instances to tell the Indians in detail about the only possible God and to scold them self-righteously about their social and religious shortcomings. They rearrange Pueblo towns, homes, economies, and lives wholesale and without the least compunction. This is often standard fare for conquerors in any age, and so the Spaniards are not unique in this respect. But we can see in their behavior and in the response of the Indians the gathering dark clouds that would eventually break in the fierce Pueblo Revolt of 1680the greatest and most successful Native American uprising of all time.

To keep from being tedious, I will not refer here to the many risks, great cold, calamities, and hard labornot to mention additional particular occurrencesthat I have endured. I leave all this to God, for whom it was undertaken. Page 9 5 The Mines of Socorro Our Lord God has been pleased to show no lack of enthusiasm in regard to the secular well-being of this province, which, of course, Your Majesty supplies with its greatest wants. As a good Catholic, Your Majesty does indeed sustain both our priests and the churches.

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