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Ranqueles, a coalition of Mapuches, Pehuenches, and creole military deserters who settled in the Argentine pampas south of Córdoba in the late 1700s and who followed the leadership of Yanquetruz in the mid- to late nineteenth century. The Ranqueles are best known from Lucio V. Mansilla's description in Una excursión a los indios ranqueles (Buenos Aires, 1966), which provides a view of a rural intercultural frontier society. As a unique frontier society with its own forms of social relations that characterized and formalized Indian-creole military and diplomatic interactions, the Ranqueles enjoyed relative autonomy until the Argentine military expeditions of conquest and subjugation in the 1880s.

See alsoCreole; Frontiers in Latin America; Malones; Mansilla, Lucio Victorio; Mapuche; Pehuenches.


Kristine L. Jones, "Conflict and Adaptation in the Argentine Pampas" (Ph.D. diss., University of Chicago, 1984).

Additional Bibliography

Hanway, Nancy. Embodying Argentina: Body, Space, and Nation in 19th Century Narrative. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2003.

Mansilla, Lucio Victorio. An Expedition to the Ranquel Indians. Trans. Mark McCaffrey. Texas Pan American series. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997.

Weber, David J. Bárbaros: Spaniards and Their Savages in the Age of Enlightenment. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005.

                                        Kristine L. Jones