Myers, Nicholas: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: 
“The Violent Periphery: State Power in Northern New Spain”
Project Abstract: 
Officials in northern New Spain, a region with a long history of violent resistance to colonial encroachment, implemented a series of military and diplomatic reforms in the late eighteenth century. These reforms were reasonably successful in promoting peace and economic development and, as such, extending the reach of the Spanish imperial state into its semi-autonomous periphery. In the wake of Mexican independence, however, hostilities reignited and plunged the region into a cycle of retributive violence. The state had lost its grip. This project will examine the changing relationship of Mexicans and American Indians with imperial and national states. In so doing, it will address the reasons individuals accept or reject state control.