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The role of Bartolomé de Las Casas in the history of the United States of He served as a soldier and public official at various places in the West Indies and was. Bartolomé de Las Casas was a missionary, Dominican theologian, historian, and Las Casas’s massive History of the Indies, finished in manuscript during. History of the Indies (European perspectives) [Bartolomé de las Casas] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. nothing additional.

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Bartolomé de las Casas

A Brief Accountwas published in its definitive form in Seville in Archived from the original PDF on After his failure, Las Casas decided to devote his life to religious service.

Fascinated by the native people of the island, the young man studied their cultures and languages.

In the end, the majority of judges sided with Las Casas but, perhaps fearing controversy, refused to render a public decision. Here, Las Casas argued, Indians could be better governed, better taught and indoctrinated in the Christian faith, and would be easier to protect from abuse than if they were in scattered settlements. Las Casas, who was in Spain at the time, directly influenced the direction of the New Laws in part by reading the first version of The Devastation of the Indies a much longer text than the one he published in to a horrified royal court.

Las Casas is often considered to be one of the first advocates for a universal conception of human dignity later human rights. Peoples of the Caribbean: First, the Indians had committed grave sins by their idolatry and sins against nature. During he developed an alternative to the encomienda system in Venezuela with a colony of farm communities.


He saw nothing wrong with this practice. His book, A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indiesis an eyewitness account of life in the early Spanish settlements of the West Indies.

In addition to studying the juridical problems of the Indies, he began to work out a plan for their peaceful colonization by recruiting farmers as colonists. In he sailed indes the Indies for a brief and tempestuous tenure as the bishop of Chiapas. Unsurprisingly, they were extremely unpopular in the Americas and were met with much resistance.

Colonial policy relationship with Indians In Spanish literature: Benjamin Keen likewise did not consider Las Casas to have had any substantial impact on the slave trade, indiss was well in place before he began writing. His commitment to evangelization did not keep him from participating in the bloody conquest of Cuba, for which he received additional lands and Indians.

Bartolomé de las Casas – Wikipedia

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. In the West Indies he participated in Indian wars, acquired land and slaves, and felt indiee serious qualms about his actions, although he had been ordained a priest.

The laws threatened the existence of the treasured encomienda system. Proclamation of the New Laws brought outright revolt in parts of Spanish America and fierce antagonism everywhere. Despite his understanding of the natives, Las Casas used the native Hispaniolans as slave workers to farm the land his father had given him. An Encyclopedia of Lass and Traditional Culture. On what authority have you waged such detestable wars against these people who dealt quietly and casass on their own lands?

He described in detail social arrangements, distribution of work, how provisions would be divided and even how table manners were to be introduced.

Bartolomé de Las Casas

The debate, which continued inreached no firm conclusion; but the court seemed to agree with Las Casas, and demanded a better treatment for the Indians. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed. A prolific writer and in his later years an influential figure of the Spanish court, Las Casas nonetheless failed to stay the progressive enslavement of the indigenous peoples of Latin Th.


This recapitulation of the conquistadors’ excesses was widely distributed, but was criticized then and in later years by those who thought the author had grossly exaggerated.

In he wrote a letter to Garcia ManriqueCount of Osornoprotesting again the mistreatment of the Indians and advocating a return to his original reform plan of In he went to Cuba, and for his military services there was given an Encomienda, an estate that included The Indians had been provoked to attack barto,ome settlement of the monks because of the repeated slave raids by Spaniards operating from Cubagua.

Faced with revolt by the encomenderos in Peru and the threat of revolt elsewhere, however, the Crown made a partial retreat, repealing the provisions most objectionable to the colonists. Las Casas went to an ecclesiastical assembly in Mexico City and persuaded his fellow bishops to support a strongly worded resolution defending Indian rights.

In some respects, he declared in his Apologetic HistoryIndians are superior to Spaniards.

History of the Indies. He is also featured in the Guatemalan quetzal one cent Q0. A new interpretation based on his holograph petition in the Hans P. They also carried out an inquiry into the Indian question at which all the encomenderos asserted that the Indians were quite incapable of living freely without their supervision.

Las Casas and a group of farm labourers departed for America in December