This book examines the colonial history of the Yaqui people of the north Mexican state of Sonora, with particular emphasis on their dynamic and ambiguous relationship with the Spanish colonizers from first contact in 1533 through Mexican independence in 1821. It offers a glimpse into the colonial experience of the indigenous peoples of Mexico's Yaqui River Valley and highlights three ironies that emerged from the Yaquis' encounter with their colonizers: the Yaquis' strategic use of both resistance and collaboration, the intertwined roles of violence and negotiation in the colonial pact, and the Spanish empire's surprising ability to remain effective despite its general weakness.
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