Pecos Pueblo - once one of the largest and most powerful of the Pueblo city - states-lay at the crossroads of Indian trading routes, Spanish expeditions, and the Santa Fe trail. In this account, the history of people and events at Pecos comes alive in an engaging narrative based on a meticulous study of original sources.
Summarizing the prehistory of the Pueblo, Kessell concentrates on the period of Spanish domination of the community known to Europeans as Cicuye. He details the attempts of
Franciscan missionaries to convert the Pueblo peoples of the kiva, the competition for tribute, labor, and land by colonists and officers of the crown, the role of Pecos in the Pueblo Revolt
of 1680, and the decline and destitution of the area due to internal dissension, disease, and hostile raiders.
Reviews of the first edition:
"The general reader will find it engaging; the specialist will find it a useful and illuminating synthesis-type source for a subject hitherto scattered in documents and professional
"A tremendous asset to Southwestern history with excellent and readily available information on native population." -New Mexico Historical Review
John L. Kessell is professor of history at the University of New Mexico.