PEOPLES and EMPIRES      BY DJ HESTON
Bartolome de Las Casas                              Bartolome de Las Casas (1474-1566)  was a Spanish Dominican bishop o...
Bartolome de Las Casas                    In 1511 a Spanish Dominican named        Antonio de Montesinos gave a sermon  ...
Bartolome de Las Casas                                      Today Las Casas is best remembered for two  things; his chro...
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Peoples and Empires - DJ Heston

  1. 1. PEOPLES and EMPIRES BY DJ HESTON
  2. 2. Bartolome de Las Casas  Bartolome de Las Casas (1474-1566) was a Spanish Dominican bishop of Chiapas in Mexico. Known as the “Apostle to the Indians” he was the fiercest and best-known activist of the rights of the American Indians in the sixteenth century. Las Casas was a prolific writer of histories, political and theological treatises, ethnographies and innumerable pamphlets.
  3. 3. Bartolome de Las Casas   In 1511 a Spanish Dominican named Antonio de Montesinos gave a sermon before Spanish dignitaries and Bartolome de Las Casas which sparked a debate over the rights of conquerors.  He questioned the Spaniard’s cruel treatment of the Indians with three questions. “Are these not men? Do they not have rational souls? Are you not obliged to love them as yourselves?”  Following Montesino’s speech, Las Casas became a changed man and dedicated himself to tell the world that the American Indians were human and were true subjects of the Castilian crown.
  4. 4. Bartolome de Las Casas  Today Las Casas is best remembered for two things; his chronicle of horrors against the Indians in A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies and his debate with Gines de Sepulveda. In 1544 Sepulveda had written a dialogue justifying the wars waged against the Indians against the Spaniards but the work was turned down by the theologians. Sepulveda was furious and demanded a debate before the Council of the Indies to plead his case for his book to be published. They both presented their case before judges in Valladolid but the outcome was inconclusive. Sepulveda’s book was not published until the nineteenth century which was later understood as a victory for Las Casas who later became a symbol of the fight against the injustices of colonialism.

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