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Yaquis and the Empire: Violence, Spanish Imperial Power, and Native Resilience in Colonial Mexico

Raphael B. Folsom


This book on the Yaqui people of the north Mexican state of Sonora examines the history of Yaqui-Spanish interactions from first contact in 1533 through Mexican independence in 1821. It deals with the colonial history of the Yaqui people and presents a portrait of the colonial experience of the indigenous peoples of Mexico's Yaqui River Valley. In examining native engagement with the forces of the Spanish empire, the book identifies three ironies that emerged from the dynamic and ambiguous relationship of the Yaquis and their conquerors: the strategic use by the Yaquis of both resistance and c ... More

Keywords: violence, Yaquis, Mexico, Sonora, colonial history, Mexican independence, Spanish empire, resistance, collaboration, imperial power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300196894
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300196894.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Raphael B. Folsom, author
University of Oklahoma