Bartolome de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas by Lawrence A. Clayton(auth.), Jurgen Buchenau(eds.)

By Lawrence A. Clayton(auth.), Jurgen Buchenau(eds.)

This can be a brief heritage of the age of exploration and the conquest of the Americas instructed in the course of the event of Bartolome de las Casas, a Dominican friar who fervently defended the yank Indians, and the one most vital determine of the interval after Columbus.

  • Explores the interval referred to as the come upon, which used to be characterised through in depth clash among Europeans and the folks of the Americas following Columbus’s voyages
  • Argues that Las Casas, ‘protector of Indians,' used to be basically encouraged by way of Scripture in his campaign for justice and equality for American Indians
  • Draws at the 14 quantity whole Works of Las Casas as a window into his brain and activities
  • Encourages scholars to appreciate heritage in the course of the point of view of people dwelling it

Chapter 1 The period of Columbus and the “Discoverers” (pages 10–32):
Chapter 2 Justice for All (pages 33–60):
Chapter three Social Experiments (pages 61–86):
Chapter four The period of the Conquests of Mexico and Peru, 1520s–1540s (pages 87–106):
Chapter five the recent legislation of 1542 and Bishop of Chiapa (pages 107–127):
Chapter 6 “All Mankind is One” (pages 128–150):

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2 The Indies of Bartolomé de las Casas, showing the relationship of the major islands of the Caribbean (the Greater Antilles) and the Viceroyalties of New Spain (Mexico and Central America) and of Peru. Source: Ramón Menéndez Pidal, El padre las Casas, su doble personalidad (Madrid: Espasa-Calipe, S. , 1963), map between pp. 40–41 which appeared originally in a book by same author, Imagen del mundo hacia 1570 (1944), on p. ” His map in El padre las Casas, covers two pages, as noted, and the detail is excellent.

On his third voyage, 1498–1500, Columbus had discovered the mainland of South America. He skirted and named the island of Trinidad in honor of the Holy Trinity, and sailed past the mouth of the mighty Orinoco River, its fresh water flowing far out to sea. From this fact Columbus speculated that he might be near the Earthly Paradise, for it was thought to be the source of the four greatest rivers in the world, the Ganges, Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile. Writing almost three decades later, Las Casas gently chided the naïveté of the Admiral, based on a rather skimpy knowledge of Scripture and much conjecture.

The settlers of Española were in danger of eternal damnation if they continued to plague and enslave Indians. They had to be warned. So, in effect, the first part of the sermon was directed not to evangelizing the Indians, but to identifying sin among the Spaniards. But Montesinos rapidly moved from the Spaniards to speaking about the people they were persecuting. “There is a sterility of conscience among you on this island,” Montesinos continued, “and a blindness in which you live. You are in mortal danger of condemnation, not realizing the grave sins you are committing with such insensitivity.

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