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Yaquis and the EmpireViolence, Spanish Imperial Power, and Native Resilience in Colonial Mexico$
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Raphael B. Folsom

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300196894

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300196894.001.0001

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“Now God Wants All This to End”:

“Now God Wants All This to End”:

The Shattering of the Colonial Pact, 1740–1744

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Yaquis and the Empire

Raphael Brewster Folsom

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the circumstances that led to the disintegration of the colonial peace pact between the Yaquis of northern Mexico and the Spanish colonizers during the period 1740–1744, along with the meanings of the violence that ensued. It first considers the armed confrontations between the Yaquis and the Spanish settlers before turning to a discussion of the Yaqui insurrection and the humiliation of imperial soldiers and settlers, led by Hipólito Álvarez, at the hands of the Yaqui rebels. It then looks at the emergence of a Yaqui named Juan Calixto Ayamea as the leader of the insurrectionary movement against the colonizers, and how Governor Manuel Bernal de Huidobro exacerbated the conflict with the Yaquis. The chapter concludes by suggesting that the Yaqui rebels wanted to seize control of relations with the Spanish empire and to get maximum profit from it.

Keywords:   peace pact, Yaquis, Mexico, Spanish colonizers, violence, insurrection, Hipólito Álvarez, Juan Calixto Ayamea, Manuel Bernal de Huidobro, Spanish empire

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