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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Native American response and resistance to Spanish conquest in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1769–1846
by Flores Santis, Gustavo Adolfo, M.A., San Jose State University, 2014, 149; 1567990
Abstract (Summary)

This study focuses on how secular, governmental, and ecclesiastical Hispanic Empire institutions influenced the response and resistance of San Francisco Native American groups from 1769 to 1846. This project draws on late 18th and early 19th century primary Spanish documents and secondary sources to help understand the context of indigenous people's adaptive and response behaviors during this period as well as the nuances of their perspective and experience. Using both electronic and physical documents from a number of archival databases, primary Spanish documents were translated and correlated with baptismal and death mission records. This allowed for formulating alternative perspectives and putting indigenous response and resistance into context. The results of this study indicated that when acts of resistance to the colonial mission system led by charismatic Native American leaders are placed into chronological order, it appears these responses did not consist of isolated incidents. Rather, they appear to be connected through complex networks of communication and organization, and formal Native American armed resistance grew more intensive over time.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sunseri, Charlotte
Commitee: Bacich, Damian, Gonzalez, Roberto, Leventhal, Alan
School: San Jose State University
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, American history, Native American studies
Keywords: Armed resistance, California history, Mission, Native American history, Resistance leaders, San Francisco Bay Area native groups
Publication Number: 1567990
ISBN: 978-1-321-29755-3
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