By Bartolomé de Las Casas

Bartolomé de Las Casas used to be the 1st and fiercest critic of Spanish colonialism within the New international. An early vacationer to the Americas who sailed on one in all Columbus's voyages, Las Casas used to be so horrified through the wholesale bloodbath he witnessed that he devoted his lifestyles to maintaining the Indian group. He wrote a brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies in 1542, a surprising catalogue of mass slaughter, torture and slavery, which confirmed that the evangelizing imaginative and prescient of Columbus had descended less than later conquistadors into genocide. devoted to Philip II to alert the Castilian Crown to those atrocities and insist that the Indians be entitled to the fundamental rights of humankind, this passionate paintings of documentary vividness outraged Europe and contributed to the belief of the Spanish 'Black Legend' that might final for centuries.

Edited and Translated by way of NIGEL GRIFFIN
With an advent via ANTHONY PAGDEN

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