• The Pueblo Revolt

  • The Secret Rebellion That Drove the Spaniards Out of the Southwest
  • By: David Roberts
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)
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The dramatic and tragic story of the only successful Native American uprising against the Spanish, the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

With the conquest of New Mexico in 1598, Spanish governors, soldiers, and missionaries began their brutal subjugation of the Pueblo Indians in what is today the Southwestern United States. This oppression continued for decades, until, in the summer of 1680, led by a visionary shaman named Pope, the Puebloans revolted. In total secrecy they coordinated an attack, killing 401 settlers and soldiers and routing the rulers in Santa Fe. Every Spaniard was driven from the Pueblo homeland, the only time in North American history that conquering Europeans were thoroughly expelled from Indian territory.

Yet today, more than three centuries later, crucial questions about the Pueblo Revolt remain unanswered. How did Pope succeed in his brilliant plot? And what happened in the Pueblo world between 1680 and 1692, when a new Spanish force reconquered the Pueblo peoples with relative ease?

David Roberts set out to try to answer these questions and to bring this remarkable historical episode to life. He visited Pueblo villages, talked with Native American and Anglo historians, combed through archives, discovered backcountry ruins, sought out the vivid rock art panels carved and painted by Puebloans contemporary with the events, and pondered the existence of centuries-old Spanish documents never seen by Anglos.

©2004 David Roberts. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Telling a story that doesn’t want to be told

I really got a lot out of this book, but can’t shake the feeling of guilt for listening to a story that many of the Pueblo people don’t want told.
I appreciate the sensitivity that Roberts gave to the subject matter, but the Anglo influence is ever present. I recommend this book but caution that the information in it is highly sensitive/contested by some Pueblo people.