Enduring Conquests: Rethinking the Archaeology of Resistance to Spanish Colonialism in the Americas

Edited by Matthew Liebmann and Melissa S. Murphy

Enduring ConquestsEnduring ConquestsEnduring Conquests

The Spanish conquest of the Americas instituted a new era in human history, but Spanish colonialism in the Americas was neither comprehensive nor uncontested. Rather, it developed as a patchwork of domination, resistance, accommodation, and negotiation as Indigenous peoples exerted a variety of strategies in their attempts to adapt to the colonizing and evangelizing efforts of the Spanish. “The material culture of this era is a crucial tool for documenting the limits of Spanish domination because the Native peoples of the New World rarely recorded their versions of these events in writing,” write Matthew Liebmann and Melissa S. Murphy, editors of this volume and chairs of the seminar from which it is drawn.

The contributors to this volume reject the grand narrative that views this era as a clash of civilizations—a narrative produced centuries after the fact—to construct more comprehensive and complex social histories of Native American life after 1492 by employing the perspective of archaeology and focusing explicitly on the Native side of the colonial equation.

“This volume brings a critical archaeological perspective to the material record of reactions and resistance of colonial subjects,” says Linda Cordell, SAR Senior Scholar and Professor Emerita at the University of Colorado. “Enduring Conquests is at once a thoughtful and provocative discussion.”

Find out more and purchase Enduring Conquests by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Follow us: