Causes of the Pueblo Revolt in 1680 Essay

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Pueblo Revolt

Differences between cultures are not something new. Many of us can still see it in our daily lives. Four hundred years ago two very distinctly different cultures clashed in what we call the American Southwest. The Spanish presence brought new ideas, new culture, and new way of life to the new found Americas much to the demise of the already settled native tribes. Already having controlled much of Mexico and South America, problems were rising in the outskirts of New Spain. Secular and religious authorities were in conflict and the ever growing animosity of its aboriginal tribe made it difficult to maintain Spanish control. Though, for four generations the Spaniards had begun to feel successful in their endeavors of
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Instead of punishing the natives for practicing the old ways by using objects to pray and celebrate, the friars could have used that to make a common ground. Both of the groups used something to aid in spiritual activity, prayer sticks, both had alters, both help spirituals holidays and both had spiritual leaders (Bowden). Taking something away from anyone will eventually lead to rebellion especially in time of great stress. What adds more stress in any society then when its very world is turn upside-down? Watching somebody desecrate the very foundation of your spiritual and daily motions will hit close to home. The Spaniards view of the natural world did exactly that. Staking claim on land and seeing it as a commodity goes against the frame these native people entire world view. Their belief of creation is from the earth they are only the stewards of the land, it provides to their society and they must give back to complete the circle of reciprocity. Spaniards took the land for their taking. In the Christian mindset god created the earth and it was good, God created man and he was good. The earth was for us to benefit. Bowden believes this sort of degradation as the source of the native anger and resentment for the catholic faith. He believes the natives saw what was happening to the world especially when there are hard times (1660s-70s) and blame the church and its clergy. Saving culture drove the pueblos to revolt and religion played a big revolt because
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