A Settling of Accounts is the sixth and final volume in the Journals of don Diego de Vargas, the series that noted historian John Kessell initiated and which, as Kessell graciously acknowledges in his preface, his three coeditors have carried through to conclusion. The series focuses on one of the key turning points in the history of northern New Spain: the 1680 rebellion of Pueblo Indians, from Taos to the Hopi mesas, that drove Spanish settlers and Franciscan missionaries from New Mexico. Twelve years later, don Diego de Vargas led the reconquest of all the Pueblos except the Hopis. It was a time of great heroism or great brutality depending upon your point of view.

Like earlier volumes in the series, A Settling of Accounts presents English translations of Spanish documents. Spanish transcriptions are available separately on a searchable CD-ROM. Because the Pueblo...

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