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Las Casas contended that the Spanish had acquired all their wealth by unjustly exploiting Indians; if all of their activities since Columbus’s landing were unjust, so too, logically, was the crown’s American presence. He decided instead to undertake a personal venture which would not rely on the support of others, and fought to win a land grant on the American mainland which was in hisyory earliest stage of colonization.

Las Casas appeared at a debate before the Council of Valladolid, where he spoke for five days straight. The laws threatened the existence of the treasured encomienda system. While in Spain inLas Casas read some of the passages of his as yet unfinished book to King Charles.

Bartolomé de las Casas

He also had to repeatedly defend himself against accusations of treason: These congregated a group of Christian Indians in the location of what is now the town of Rabinal. Las Casas fought for the rights of the Indians until his death in July He went to Hispaniola inand spent his life alleviating the conditions of the Native Americans ; his History of the Indies recounts their persecution by Spanish colonists.

In Spain, Las Casas started securing official support for the Guatemalan mission, and he managed to get a royal decree forbidding secular intrusion into the Verapaces for the following five years.

That year, they successfully ended their campaign to conquer the Emirate of Granada in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. The emperor Charles V appointed Las Casas as the priest-procurator of the Indies, the head of a commission to investigate the status of the Indians, and in supported his project to found communities of both Spaniards and Indians.


Histlry, —is an excellent, though unfinished, biography of the first part of his life. Perhaps the first person in America to receive holy ordershe was ordained a priest in either or After the failure of this idealistic scheme to get Spanish farmers to work alongside free natives, Las Casas joined the Dominican order in Santo Domingo during In Las Casas quit bqrtolome and sailed to the West Indies. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Liberation of the Oppressed.

But Las Casas continued to write books, tracts, and petitions, testimony to his unwavering determination to leave in written form his principal arguments in defense of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. He wrote several important works about the conquest and Spanish colonization in Las Americas. Las Casas defended himself by writing two treatises on the “Just Title” — arguing that the only barttolome with which the Spaniards could claim titles over realms in the New World was through peaceful proselytizing.

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American Civil War, four-year war —65 between the United States and 11 Southern states that seceded…. The Spanish believed that because Columbus had conquered Hispaniola, the land and its people belonged to Nistory.

Chiefly through his agency, humanitarian laws, called the New Laws, were adopted to protect the indigenous people in Spanish colonies, although later alterations, notably those of Pedro de la Gascarendered them almost ineffective. Bartoloem you found my web site useful consider making a donation through Pay Pal. A new interpretation based on his holograph petition in the Hans P.

Bartolomé de Las Casas

One of the proposals of the Father the Houses was the one to replace the indigenous population with black Africans. On the day he died, Las Casas voiced regret for not having done more. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Thank You for Your Contribution! The failure to recruit a sufficient number of farmers, the opposition of the encomenderos of Santo Domingo, and, finally, an attack by the Indians themselves all were factors that bartolime disaster to the experiment in January Las Casas entered the Dominican Order and became a friar, leaving public life for a decade.

Fascinated by the native people of the island, the young man studied their cultures and languages. On August 15,Las Casas delivered a now-famous sermon declaring his intent to return the serfs to the governor of the West Indies. As part of his campaign in their defense, he wrote numerous tracts and books. Devastation of the Indies: Devastated, Las Casas reacted by entering the Dominican monastery of Santa Cruz in Santo Domingo as a novice in and finally taking holy vows as a Dominican friar in Bartholomew de Las Casas: This was easier thought than done, as most of the people who were in indeis of power were themselves either encomenderos or otherwise profiting from the influx of wealth from the Indies.


The King also promised not to give any encomienda grants in Las Casas’s area. Benavente described indignantly how Las Casas had once denied baptism to an aging Indian who had walked many leagues to receive it, only on the grounds that he did not believe that the man had received sufficient doctrinal instruction. Dec 5, See Article History. Christianity and Missions, — His reward was an encomiendaa grant of land and native labor, and he immediately observed the harsh treatment of the Indians.

See biographies by H. Hixtory the West Indies he participated in Indian wars, acquired land and slaves, and felt no serious qualms about his actions, although he had been ordained a priest.

Under Las Casas’s plan, the peasant families hidtory to instruct the native people in European systems of farming and wage earning, as well as in Catholicism. The years that followed were ones of intellectual growth and personal frustration for Las Casas.

For much more on Las Casas please go to http: Contact our editors with your feedback. Modern scholarship has supported Las Casas’s staggering toll of native deaths but assigns the principal responsibility to Afro-European diseases rather than Spanish cruelty.

He spent much of his time writing the monumental Historia de hhistory Indias —76 ; for selections in English translation, see Tears of the Indians ed.