"An important analysis of Spanish-Indian relations in a borderlands region where Indian power stayed remarkably strong. Through her recovery of the stories of women, Barr shows that, at least until the nineteenth century, gender remained a stronger influence than race on those always volatile relationships."
"A field-changing work. . . . The first to show how really essential gender is to contact studies."
William and Mary Quarterly
"Rich, complex, and detailed. . . . A well-crafted and thoughtful work that does much to alter the landscape of American history."
"Contributes to a fundamental debate in North American history. . . . Well-written and insightful interpretation."
-- Arkansas Historical Review
"Juliana Barr . . . brings us a brilliant re-analysis of the interactions of the Native Americans and Spaniards across the frontier . . . . With remarkable insight and cultural perspicuity, Barr filters the early Texas history story through a new historical lens. . . . From the book's opening Introduction, the reader is stunned with the inversion of historical understanding."
-- East Texas Historical Journal
"A fine book in every respect, clearly written, persuasive, solidly documented, and useful for both student and scholar alike. . . . Encourages scholars to look anew at areas where Indians met Europeans."
Hispanic American Historical Review
"Deserves to be reckoned with by future scholarship on colonial Texas. . . . fundamental contributions to the historiography on colonial Texas."
"A superbly crafted contribution to the growing literature that places Native Americans at the center of the struggle for control of eighteenth-century North America. . . . This finely conceptualized and beautifully executed book easily ranks on the short list of essential reading for scholars of Native American history."
-- Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Transforming enemies into allies took decades, and Barr offers a way to begin revising and rethinking the literature on these . . . encounters."
-- The Journal of American History
"Barr skillfully blends anthropology and Spanish sources to present a complicated picture that revises the standard narrative of Spanish colonial Texas. . . . A nuanced picture of the shifting ground upon which Spanish-Indian relations were built, and the importance of tapping into indigenous understandings of diplomacy in order to more completely comprehend these cultural encounters."
-- New Mexico Historical Review
"Historiographically significant and beautifully written,Peace Came in the Form of a Woman
will enjoy a wide readership among those interested in early American, Native American, and Borderlands history."
-- Journal of American Ethnic History
"[Barr's] conclusions are compelling . . . . Everyone who studies the Spanish borderlands, Native Americans, or women needs to read this book."
-- CHOICEPeace Came in the Form of a Woman
vastly deepens our knowledge of the colonial Texas borderlands and thus our understanding of early North American history.
--James F. Brooks, author of Captives and Cousins: Slavery, Kinship and Community in the Southwest Borderlands
With a richly crafted narrative and lively prose, it is an amazing achievement.
--Kathleen M. Brown, University of Pennsylvania
Revising the standard narrative of European-Indian relations in America, Juliana Barr reconstructs a world in which Indians were the dominant power and Europeans were the ones forced to accommodate, resist, and persevere. She demonstrates that between the 1690s and 1780s, Indian peoples including Caddos, Apaches, Payayas, Karankawas, Wichitas, and Comanches formed relationships with Spaniards in Texas that refuted European claims of imperial control. Instead of being defined in racial terms, as was often the case with European constructions of power, diplomatic relations between the Indians and Spaniards in the region were dictated by Indian expressions of power, grounded in gendered terms of kinship.