"Strange Lands and Different Peoples": Spaniards and Indians in Colonial Guatemala (The Civilization of the American Indian Series)

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Guatemala emerged from the clash between Spanish invaders and Maya cultures that began five centuries ago. The conquest of these “rich and strange lands,” as Hernán Cortés called them, and their “many different peoples” was brutal and prolonged. “Strange Lands and Different Peoples” examines the myriad ramifications of Spanish intrusion, especially Maya resistance to it and the changes that took place in native life because of it.

The studies assembled here, focusing on the first century of colonial rule (1524–1624), discuss issues of conquest and resistance, settlement and colonization, labor and tribute, and Maya survival in the wake of Spanish invasion. The authors reappraise the complex relationship between Spaniards and Indians, which was marked from the outset by mutual feelings of resentment and mistrust. While acknowledging the pivotal role of native agency, the authors also document the excesses of Spanish exploitation and the devastating impact of epidemic disease. Drawing on research findings in Spanish and Guatemalan archives, they offer fresh insight into the Kaqchikel Maya uprising of 1524, showing that despite strategic resistance, colonization imposed a burden on the indigenous population more onerous than previously thought.

Guatemala remains a deeply divided and unjust society, a country whose current condition can be understood only in light of the colonial experiences that forged it. Affording readers a critical perspective on how Guatemala came to be, “Strange Lands and Different Peoples” shows the events of the past to have enduring contemporary relevance.

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About the Author:

W. George Lovell is Professor of Geography at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and author of A Beauty That Hurts: Life and Death in Guatemala.

Christopher H. Lutz is author of Santiago de Guatemala, 1541–1773: City, Caste, and the Colonial Experience.

Wendy Kramer is author of Encomienda Politics in Early Colonial Guatemala, 1524–1544: Dividing the Spoils.

William R. Swezey (1933–1989) was co-founder of the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica in Guatemala and its director for more than a decade.

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Drawn from several decades of research in both Maya and Spanish sources, ‘Strange Lands and Different Peoples’ brings us a sensitive and beautifully written account of the Spanish conquest and colonization of Guatemala and its indigenous people. The authors do a splendid job of explaining not only the conquest period but also the survival of Maya people and their culture.”—Ralph Lee Woodward, Jr., author of A Short History of Guatemala and Central America: A Nation Divided

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Descripción University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2013. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 288 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. GUATEMALA. Guatemala emerged from the clash between Spanish invaders and Maya ultures that began five centuries ago. The conquest of these "rich and strange lands," as Hernan Cortes called them, and their "many different peoples" was brutal and prolonged. "Strange Lands and Different Peoples" examines the myriad ramifications of Spanish intrusion, especially Maya resistance to it and the changes that took place in native life because of it. The studies assembled here, focusing on the first century of colonial rule (1524-1624), discuss issues of conquest and resistance, settlement and colonization, labor and tribute, and Maya survival in the wake of Spanish invasion. The authors reappraise the complex relationship between Spaniards and Indians, which was marked from the outset by mutual feelings of resentment and mistrust. While acknowledging the pivotal role of native agency, the authors also document the excesses of Spanish exploitation and the devastating part of epidemic disease. While acknowledging the pivotal role of native agency, the authors also document the excesses of Spanish exploitation and the devastating impact of epidemic disease. Drawing on research findings in Spanish and Guatemalan archives, they offer fresh insight into the Kaqchikel Maya uprising of 1524, showing that despite strategic resistance, colonization imposed a burden on the indigenous population more onerous than previously thought. Guatemala remains a deeply divided and unjust society, a country whose current condition can be understood only in light of the colonial experiences that forged it. Affording readers a critical perspective on how Guatemala came to be, "Strange Lands and Different Peoples" shows the events of the past to have enduring contemporary relevance. W. George Lovell is Professor of Geography at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Wendy Kramer is author of Encomienda Politics in Early Colonial Guatemala, 1524-1544: Dividing the Spoils. Christopher H. Lutz is managing director and editor of Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies and a board member of the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de MesoamŽrica in Antigua, Guatemala. William R. Swezey (1933-1989) was co-founder of the Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de MesoamŽrica in Guatemala and its director for more than a decade. "Drawn from several decades of research in both Maya and Spanish sources, 'Strange Lands and Different Peoples' brings us a sensitive and beautifully written account of the Spanish conquest and colonization of Guatemala and its indigenous people. The authors do a splendid job of explaining not only the conquest period but also the survival of Maya people and their culture."ÑRalph Lee Woodward, Jr., author of A Short History of Guatemala and Central America: A Nation Divided (Key Words: W. George Lovell, American Indians, Native Americans, Latin America, Colonial Guatemala, Christopher H. Lutz, Mayan Culture, Wendy Kramer, Spaniards, William R. Swezey, Hernan Cortes). Volume 271 in the Civilization of the American Ind. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 80015X1

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