The Geopolitics of Conquest: The Mixtón War and the Caxcan Diaspora

Author(s): Michael Elliott; Elizabeth Oster

Year: 2015


The chronicler Tello describes the Caxcans as rústicos mexicanos who accompanied the Mexica on their march south from Aztlan in the 1100s, but to the Spanish, they became known as the gente belicosa, fierce fighters who did not accept the terms of their conquest, and who ultimately led the Mixtón War of 1541-42. The discussion focuses on the results of the Spanish encounters with the Caxcans and the ways in which these interactions informed the military and political strategies pursued by the colonizers as the conquest and occupation of New Spain moved north, into what would ultimately become known as the Spanish Borderlands and the American Southwest.

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The Geopolitics of Conquest: The Mixtón War and the Caxcan Diaspora. Elizabeth Oster, Michael Elliott. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396395)


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