They were not impressed by his account, and Las Casas had to find a different avenue of change. His influence at court was so great that some even considered that he had the final word in choosing the members of the Council of the Indies. The rigorous enforcement of his regulations led to vehement opposition on the part of the Spanish faithful during Lent of and forced Las Casas to establish a council of bishops to assist him in his task.
The book was banned by the Aragonese inquisition in This allowed them to get the gold, jewels, and slaves that they so desired quicker and with greater ease. The soldiers actually used this hospitality as an advantage to pillage the cities and villages since they were faced with less opposition.
The rumours even included him among the dead. The history is apologetic because it is written as a defense of the cultural level of the Indians, arguing throughout that indigenous peoples of the Americas were just as civilized as the RomanGreek and Egyptian civilizations—and more civilized than some European civilizations.
A Brief Account,was his only work published before his death. This was meant simply to halt the decimation of the Indian population and to give the surviving Indians time to reconstitute themselves. 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 And never have the Indians in all the Indies committed any act against the Spanish Christians, until those Christians have first and many times committed countless cruel aggressions against them or against neighboring nations.
And once they begin to hear the tidings of the Faith, they are so insistent on knowing more and on taking the sacraments of the Church and on observing the divine cult that, truly, the missionaries who are here need to be endowed by God with great patience in order to cope with such eagerness.
They attacked the towns and spared neither the children nor the aged nor pregnant women nor women in childbed, not only stabbing them and dismembering them but cutting them to pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house.
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 its earliest stage of colonization. The common ways mainly employed by the Spaniards who call themselves Christian and who have gone there to extirpate those pitiful nations and wipe them off the earth is by unjustly waging cruel and bloody wars.
Las Casas interrupted work on the book only to send to the Council of the Indies in Madrid three long letters in, andin which he accused persons and institutions of the sin of oppressing the Indian, particularly through the encomienda system.
In truth, I believe without trying to deceive myself that the number of the slain is more like fifteen million. And also, those lands are so rich and felicitous, the native peoples so meek and patient, so easy to subject, that our Spaniards have no more consideration for them than beasts.
And also, those lands are so rich and felicitous, the native peoples so meek and patient, so easy to subject, that our Spaniards have no more consideration for them than beasts. All the Indian slaves of the New World should be brought to live in these towns and become tribute paying subjects to the King.
At the suggestion of Francisco de Toledo, the viceroy of Peruthe king ordered all the works, both published and unpublished, of Las Casas to be collected. Why do you keep them so oppressed and exhausted, without giving them enough to eat or curing them of the sicknesses they incur from the excessive labor you give them, and they die, or rather you kill them, in order to extract and acquire gold every day.
In MayLas Casas was forced to travel back to Spain to denounce to the regent the failure of the Hieronymite reforms. He proposed 12 other remedies, all having the specific aim of improving the situation for the Indians and limiting the powers that colonists were able to exercise over them.
Most of the time they were too welcoming and were eaten out of their homes. Whom they so despicably contemned, that they treated them I speak of things which I was an Eye Witness of, without the least fallacy not as Beasts, which I cordially wished they would, but as the most abject dung and filth of the Earth; and so solicitous they were of their Life and Soul, that the above-mentioned number of People died without understanding the true Faith or Sacraments.
Because of this, the wars of the Indians against each other are little more than games played by children. Las Casas had become a hated figure by Spaniards all over the Islands, and he had to seek refuge in the Dominican monastery.
They are very clean in their persons, with alert, intelligent minds, docile and open to doctrine, very apt to receive our holy Catholic faith, to be endowed with virtuous customs, and to behave in a godly fashion. When his preaching met with resistance, he realized that he would have to go to Spain to fight there against the enslavement and abuse of the native people.
In addition, his critique towards the colonizers served to bring awareness to his audience on the true meaning of Christianity, to dismantle any misconceptions on evangelization.
During his final years Las Casas came to be the indispensable adviser both to the Council of the Indies and to the king on many of the problems relating to the Indies.
They laid bets as to who, with one stroke of the sword, could split a man in two or could cut off his head or spill out his entrails with a single stroke of the pike.
Yet into this sheepfold, into this land of meek outcasts there came some Spaniards who immediately behaved like ravening wild beasts, wolves, tigers, or lions that had been starved for many days.
There are other Islands Thirty in number, and upward bordering upon the Isle of St. De Las Casas revised and re-edited this book in order to make his best argument in favor of the indigenous people. In a pastoral letter issued on March 20,Las Casas refused absolution to slave owners and encomenderos even on their death bed, unless all their slaves had been set free and their property returned to them.Bartolomé de Las Casas – Spanish historian and polemicist.
Often characterized by modern historians as the "Defender and Apostle to the Indians," Bartolomé de Las Casas is known for. A Brief Account of the Destruction of the by Bartolome de las Casas The Project Gutenberg EBook of A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies, by Bartolome de las Casas This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no.
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies was written with the task of informing the King of Spain about the murder and gold hoarding that was occurring in the New World. The purpose of the expeditions was primarily to convert the natives to Christianity and save them from eternal damnation.
readership at the time than Bartolomé de Las Casas’s Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias (; A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies).
Originally a Spanish settler, Las Casas was appalled at the treatment of the Indians by the rapacious Spaniards.
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