The Conquest of Michoacan: The Spanish domination of the Trascan Kingdom in Western Mexico, 1521-1530
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
xv+352 pages with map, tables, figures, illustrations, appendices, bibliography and index. Royal octavo (9 14" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's brown cloth with white and gilt lettering to spine in original pictorial jacket. The Civilization of American Indian Series number 98. From the library of Professor George M Foster. First edition.
This book deals principally with the period between the first appearance of the Spaniards in Michoacan in 1521 and the execution of the young Cazonci in 1530. Opening with a brief description of Tarascan culture at the time of European contact, it describes the first exploratory contacts between the two peoples, the Spanish occupation of the Tarascan region and the assignment of the towns to the Spaniards at tribute-paying encomiendas. In succeeding chapters the author traces the initial efforts of the Spaniards to eliminate the native religion and put Roman Catholicism in its place. He describes the political turmoil and Spanish economic exploitation and the effects upon the Cazonci and his people. the final pages show how the forces of the Conquest ultimately destroyed the Cazonci. In previous works the Cazonci has been portrayed as a cowardly monarch finally sacrificed to Spanish greed. In this work are revealed the much more complicated motivations an influences that led to the king's trial in a Spanish court and execution by garrote and fire. In preparing this work the author consulted extensive archival materials to reinterpret and supplement the primary works about the period and makes detailed use of the record of the trial of the last Cazonci.
George McClelland Foster, Jr born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on October 9, 1913, died on May 18, 2006, at his home in the hills above the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a professor from 1953 to his retirement in 1979, when he became professor emeritus. His contributions to anthropological theory and practice still challenge us; in more than 300 publications, his writings encompass a wide diversity of topics, including acculturation, long-term fieldwork, peasant economies, pottery making, public health, social structure, symbolic systems, technological change, theories of illness and wellness, humoral medicine in Latin America, and worldview. The quantity, quality, and long-term value of his scholarly work led to his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1976. Virtually all of his major publications have been reprinted and/or translated. Provenance from the executor of Foster's library laid in.
Foster's stamp to front end paper. Jacket spine ends rubbed else a near fine copy in like jacket.
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