War of a Thousand Deserts Indian Raids and the U. S. -Mexican War

ISBN-10: 0300158378
ISBN-13: 9780300158373
Edition: 2010
Authors: Brian DeLay
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

In the early 1830s, after decades of relative peace, northern Mexicans and the Indians whom they called "the barbarians" descended into a terrifying cycle of violence. For the next fifteen years, owing in part to changes unleashed by American expansion, Indian warriors launched devastating attacks across ten Mexican states. Raids and counter-raids claimed thousands of lives, ruined much of northern Mexico's economy, depopulated its countryside, and left man-made "deserts" in place of thriving settlements. Just as important, this vast interethnic war informed and emboldened U.S. arguments in favor of seizing Mexican territory while leaving northern Mexicans too divided, exhausted, and distracted to resist the American invasion and subsequent occupation. Exploring Mexican, American, and Indian sources ranging from diplomatic correspondence and congressional debates to captivity narratives and plains Indians' pictorial calendars,War of a Thousand Desertsrecovers the surprising and previously unrecognized ways in which economic, cultural, and political developments within native communities affected nineteenth-century nation-states. In the process this ambitious book offers a rich and often harrowing new narrative of the era when the United States seized half of Mexico's national territory.

A Note on Names
Introduction. A Little Door
Prologue. Easy Stories
Neighbors
Danger and Community
Buffalo-Hide Quiver
Plunder and Partners
The Politics of Vengeance
Nations
Indians Don't Unmake Presidents
Barbarians and Dearer Enemies
An Eminently National War?
How to Make a Desert Smile
Convergence
A Trophy of a New Kind in War
Polk's Blessing
Epilogue. Article 11
Appendix. Data on Comanche-Mexican Violence, 1831-48
Introduction to the Data
Table and Figures
Data
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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