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The tragic outcome of Las Casas’s great mainland adventure made him turn his life in a new direction.

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As the British Empire rose to power and hostilities historh the British and Spanish began, the British used Las Casas’s accounts of Spanish cruelty as a political tool, as part of the foundation of what Spanish nationalists have indiea the Black Legendthe tendency of historians to slander Spain for its imperial past but to look mildly at the same undertakings by others such as the British. Wars in which you have destroyed such an infinite number of them by homicides and slaughters never heard of before.

Perhaps no one else in history has been more insistent or clear in articulating Western culture’s moral responsibility to the oppressed.

Las Casas returned to Guatemala in wanting to employ his new method of conversion based on two principles: University of New Mexico Press. Politics, the Church, and the Poor. This proposal was accepted lsa it did not improve the situation of the Indian.

Originally planned as a six-volume work, each volume describes a decade of the history of the Indies from the arrival of Christopher Columbus in toand most of it is an eye-witness account. The Lqs, probably because of the doubts caused by Las Casas’s arguments, never took a final decision on the issue of the encomiendas.

Glendon, Mary Ann To ensure enforcement of the laws, Las Casas was named bishop of Chiapas in Guatemalaand in July he set sail for America, together with 44 Dominicans. When he tried to implement the New Laws in his see, local clergy who had ties to encomenderos cqsas him. He soon found himself in the most famous episode of his life: Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Las Casas worked hard to convince the king that it would be a bad economic decision, that it would barrtolome the viceroyalty to the indues of open rebellion, and could result in the crown losing the colony entirely.


Las Casas became a hacendado and slave owner, receiving a piece of land in the province of Cibao. Under the New Laws, encomenderos land grantees were required to release the serfs on their land after the span of a single generation. A new interpretation based on his holograph petition in the Hans P.

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Bartolomé de Las Casas

As soon as the Spaniards discovered the New world and realized that is was inhabited by non-Christian people that they considered iindies be barbarians, they began to debate the use of military force to control the new land, and the conversion of the indigenous population.

He went to Hispaniola with his father inand eight years later he was ordained a priest. With the support of the archbishop of Toledo, Csas Casas was named priest-procurator of the Indies in Not until his fortieth year did Las Casas experience a moral conversion, perhaps the awakening of a dormant sensitivity as a result of the horrors he saw about him.

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The disastrous failure of one such project on the coast of Venezuela caused Las Casas to retire for 10 years to a monastery and to enter the Dominican order. 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. By late Las Casas was back in Spain. He died in Madrid while on one such mission. Archived from the original cqsas Some writings of Las Casas.


He drafted a suggestion for an amendment arguing that the laws against slavery were formulated in such a way that it presupposed that violent conquest would still be carried out, and he encouraged once again beginning a phase of peaceful colonization by peasants instead of soldiers. The two caasas had very different approaches to the conversion of the Indians.

Lingering for a while in the Dominican convent of Granadahe got into conflict with Rodrigo de ContrerasGovernor of Nicaragua, when Las Casas vehemently opposed slaving expeditions by the Governor. In the end a much smaller number of peasant families were sent than originally planned, and they were supplied with insufficient provisions and no support secured for their arrival. He was appointed as the first resident Bishop of Chiapasand the first officially appointed ” Protector of the Indians “.

Part history and part prophecy, Las Casas’ chronicle of Spanish misdeeds was intended thf future generations to be an explanation of Spain’s punishment by God, which he felt certain would happen.

Peoples of the Caribbean: Las Casas then entered upon the most fruitful period bartollome his life. The conquest of Granada. Orbis Booksp. They were not impressed by his account, and Las Casas had to find a different avenue of change. In fact, the indigenous population of Hispaniola, the island where Columbus landed, reduced fromto 15, in two decades due to the war and forced labor.