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By John Pohl, Adam Hook

Many bills painting the conquest of the recent international as a impressive army fulfillment, with CortГ©s' enormously outnumbered yet greater armed Spaniards defeating hordes of superstitious savages. although, the truth of those occasions is much extra complicated and no less important. the 1st Conquistadors who had sailed looking for prosperity, encouraged by way of desires of limitless riches, quickly grew to become dissatisfied and stressed. With affliction rampant, assets exhausted, and the Caribbean populations dwindling, that they had little substitute yet to discover new territories and peoples to use. This identify indicates how, strengthened through influxes of war-hardened veterans from Europe and a military of over 30,000 allied Indian troops, they got here to depend on and ideal what they knew top - killing for revenue, and with no mercy.

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Where each of the occupations that involves ten or more men is illustrated by at least one case. Many, perhaps most, Nachig men and their families 7 had some income from still other sources. They may have grown a few flowers, vegetables, eggs, or chickens for sale (Jose GG), or worked an occasional day for wages, sometimes for a neighbor who needed help. While most production by women involved no transactions outside the household (see especially L. K. M. Haviland 1978: chap- New Work I 25 ter s) some women made substantial direct contributions to producti~n here credited to men (see Cancian 1972: 52; and Francisco BB herein), and a few women sold tortillas in San Cristobal or wove for other Zinacantecos and/or tourists.

Its men became numerically dominant among Zinacanteco truck owners, and strongly represented among regular workers in government programs. Many of them became masons, construction laborers, and full-time merchants. As far as I can tell on the basis of unsystematic observations, Navenchauc and Hteklum also had many vehicle owners, Navenchauc had many government workers, and Navenchauc, Hteldum, and Patosil surpassed Nachig in the rapidly increasing production of flowers in greenhouses. Many hamlets had full-time traders, but those with easy access to paved roads dominated trade.

Collier lr975: r4r-42, table 22). ern part of Zinacantan (Joigel and Jocchenom) developed different occupational specialties from the higher, colder areas closer to Hteklum. Those in the temperate area worked as part-time and seasonal labor on neighboring plantations to supplement production from their own small cornfields, while those in the colder areas concentrated on trade and transport as well as subsistence corn farming (pp. 135-38). During this period the productive cornfields of the hot, r6 I PART r: ECONOMY low Grijalva River Valley below Zinacantan were owned and worked by Ladinosi Indians were laborers there.

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