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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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The Collapse of the Mission and the Rebirth of the Yaqui Towns, 1744–1810

(p.182) 7 Reorientations
Yaquis and the Empire

Raphael Brewster Folsom

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the collapse of the Spanish empire's Yaqui mission and the rebirth of the Yaqui mission towns in Mexico during the period 1744–1810. After the insurrection of 1740 and the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1767, the Yaquis progressively appropriated the levers of power in the eight Yaqui towns. They worked extensively in the mines and enterprises of north Mexico and forged deep ties with the empire's civil government. This chapter examines how the Yaquis were able to integrate themselves deeply into the global structures of empire while negotiating for greater political autonomy and pursuing a creative program of cultural bricolage.

Keywords:   insurrection, Spanish empire, Yaqui mission, Jesuits, mission towns, Mexico, civil government, Yaquis, political autonomy

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