The Apache Were The Predominant Group During The Resistance Against The Colonial Conquest

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Based on the course readings, the Apache were the predominant group in the resistance against the colonial conquest. According to Richard White, “In 1680, rejecting the imposition of Catholicism and Spanish rule, the Pueblos rose in revolt. In cooperation with some of the surrounding "Apaches" (either Navajos or actual Apaches), they destroyed the missions and killed 21 of the 33 priests. Of the 2,350 colonists, 375 died in the fighting, and the rest fled the province (WHITE, pg. 12).” The Apache’s efforts caused many Spanish communities to fear them and change their form of interaction. Deer wrote, ““In the case of the Apaches, the Bourbons abandoned all pretense of conversion or pacification and instead offered bribery and cooptation; guns and liquor replaced hymns and bibles (Deer, pg.3 2).” Furthermore, Antonia I. Castaneda wrote about an uprising from the Amerindians and the Sierra, who were mortal enemies until that time, but joined in forces to eliminate the Spaniards (Castaneda, “Spanish Violence Against Amerindian Women”, Chan and Olan Major Problems in California History). However, the Amerindians and the Sierra were not as successful in their efforts to stop the colonial conquest. In spite of the Indians that revolted, history shows the Spanish were still successful in the colonization and missionization of California.

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