The Zacatecas Essay

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The Chichimeca Wars have been a major role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs. The wars or mini battles between the two sides occurred from 1550-1590, when much of the new colony of Mexico had already been established. The Spanish ended up engaging in the longest and most expensive conflict they ever had with an Indigenous people. The Chichimeca people were a nomadic group of people who lived in a desert basin that was roughly 60,000 square miles of land, where they were hunters and gathers. They were not a single tribe either; they people of the tribe were made up of four different ethnic tribes that on occasion would join each other in battle. The wars started after the land in which ...view middle of the document...

The Chicimecan’s had seen what had happened to other groups and didn’t want the same thing to happen to them, but it eventually did anyways. Overall the article on the Chichimeca Wars is reliable. All the major points do have citations from reliable and trustworthy sources, and contains some sources that are scholarly. Wikipedia has become a reliable source for information because it uses scholarly sources, provides citations regarding information and contains neutral opinion towards topics.
Trusting the accuracy of information on Wikipedia is like walking a very fine line. Where too much personal opinion makes the article untrustworthy and it becomes a source people cannot use. According to Wikipedia on how its articles are written is that it mostly contains no original research, has a neutral point of view and the information presented is verifiable. However some claims are made that do not have verifiable sources.
One of the first issues that the article has is who the rightful victor of the battle was. The articles author says that the Native Americans won the battle. However, I disagree the main reason is that to me there was no clear winner. Neither side got exactly what they wanted from the other group, so how could a victory be claimed for the Indians? Or the Spanish? Both parties had to settle for something. The Indians had to settle with having the Spanish mine their lands and the Spanish had to deal with providing food, tools, and other commodities to the natives. So instead of saying the battle ended in a victory for the Indians, a truce would be more of a correct result. Along with this claim the article made, there is no supporting evidence provided is to back up the conclusion of a victory for the Chichimecan’s. Without a direct source it is hard to trust the assertion made by the article, even if the point that was made is a legitimate attempt.
A second claim that the article made without a source was dealing with the Zacstecos ethnic group. In the Article of the section in question, it lists detailed information about the Chichimecas different ethnic groups. The section begins talking about the different ethnic groups including the Guachichiles, Pames, Guamares, and Zacatecos. As the information of each ethnic group is presented, the length of material provided for each ethnic group decreases as we read. The lack of content continues to decrease about each including the Zacatecos ethnic group. When discussing the ethnic group article uses two very short sentences that don’t provide any other detail other than where they lived and telling us that the group was nomadic. Which the reader was already informed about earlier in the article. Along with this short statement comes the fact that no external source has been used to correctly site the information about the Zacatecos. This does not help Wikipedia’s statement of providing sources for major parts of information because the article did not draw on any sources for this ethnic...

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