Bartoleme de Las Casas, Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies. (). The Indies were discovered in the year one thousand four hundred and. Bartolome de Las Casas’ The Devastation of the Indies: A brief Account and the context of. Spanish colonisation reveal that the colonisers were repressive and. THE DEVASTATION. OF THE INDIES: A BRIEF ACCOUNT by Bartolomé de Las Casas. T. THE INDIES’ were discovered in the year one thou- sand four.

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Now it is here to devasattion noted that the desolation of these Islands and Provinces happened after the death of Queen Isabel, who deceased in the yearfor before that time few of the Provinces were entrenched upon by any unjust war, or over-flowed with this deluge of devastation; or if any thing xe before that time done, it was conceal’d from the knowledge of the Queen, for she was always zealous and solicitous for the safety and prosperity of this poor people.

And because it was a fruitful Country, there went thither at several times several Captains, succeeding one another in cruelty, so that every one striv’d to outvie his predecessor in the inventions of exquisite torments to afflict the poor people. But, rather than a chronicle, it is a prophetic interpretation of events. Of the Kingdoms which the Island of Hispaniola did contain The Island of Hispaniola had in it five very great Kingdoms, and five very potent Kings, to whom the other Lords, of which there was a very great number were for the most part subject; for there were some few Lords of peculiar Countries that did not acknowledge the jurisdiction of these Kings; one of these Kingdoms is called Maqua, which signifies a plain.

But after some days were past over, they returned again to their former rapines and dishonoring of God by their wicked courses; neither have they yet made an end, so that now three hundred miles of Land lie untill’d and void of inhabitants.

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

On the Island Hispaniola was where the Spaniards first landed, as I have said. 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.

De Las Casas supported the overall Spanish colonial experiment in the Americas, while condemning the abuse of the indigenous people.

And truly if I should make a book only to scare and affright men. In he took part in the bloody conquest of Cuba and, as priest- encomendero land granteereceived an allotment of Indian serfs.

This was the first land in the New World to be destroyed and depopulated by the Christians, and here they began their subjection of the women and children, taking them away from the Indians to use them and ill use them, eating the food they provided with their sweat and toil. At length they receiv’d them, but on condition that they would come alone and not let any other of the Spaniards enter in among them, which those religious persons promis’d, for they had not only a liberty, but a command from the Governor of New Spain, that they should so promise them, and that the Spaniards should do them no harm or injury.


And truly not without reason, for the actions of these people have been more like the actions of Devils, whereby it happens that the Indians seeing such crimes committed by the Spaniards both of high and inferior conditions, so void of pity and compassion, cannot choose but think amiss both of God, the King, and of the Christians; and to labor to change them to the contrary, is a vain and fruitless labor, and whereby a greater advantage is given them to laugh at Christ and his Law.

European exploration and colonialism, — Whereupon indie Indians brought together a great company of spears which were guilt with Orichalcum, so that they seemed to be gold; but the Captain causing them to be touched, and not finding them to be gold, spake thus defastation the people, All curses light upon such a Region as this, wherein there is no Gold; and then commanded all those that had taken servants, to keep them in chains, and to mark them with the mark of servitude, which was immediately done, the Kings mark being burnt into their flesh; which I saw also done to the son of the chiefest man in all the City.

This voice says that you are in mortal sin, that you live and die in it, for the cruelty and tyranny you use in dealing with these innocent people.

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And a little after he proceeds thus. Here those Christians perpetrated their first ravages and oppressions against laa native peoples. The argument was continued inbbartolome its repercussions were enormous. Now to come to the Continent, we are confident, and dare affirm upon our own knowledge, that there were ten Kingdoms of as large an extent as the Kingdom of Spain, joining to it both Aragon, and Portugal, containing above a thousand miles every one of then in compass, which the inhumane and abominable villanies of the Spaniards have made a wilderness of, being now as it were stript of all their people, and made bare of all their inhabitants, though it were a place formerly possessed by vast and infinite numbers of men; And we dare confidently aver, that for those Forty years, wherein the Spaniards exercised their abominable cruelties, and detestable tyrannies in those parts, that there have indjes perish’d above Twelve millions of indes, women and children being numbered in this sad bagtolome fatal list; moreover I do verily believe that I should speak within compass, should I say that above Fifty millions were consumed in this Massacre.

Their diet bartplome such that the most holy Hermite cannot feed more sparingly in the wilderness. The chief Lord of the Province they took captive, putting him to several torments to squeeze his Gold from him; but he escaping fled to the Mountains, and thereupon his Subjects that lay hid among the Woods and Bushes began to raise a tumult; The Spaniards followed destroying abundance of the people; and as for those who were taken alive, they were publicly sold for slaves.

His Steward in times of peace kill’d many Indians, burning some, and casting other to his dogs, cutting off others hands, legs, and heads, that thereby their minds being totally subjected they cxsas never deny where their Gold or treasure lay hid. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies is a book that is acclaimed by scholars for its rhetorical effect.

This infinite multitude of people was so created by Bratolome, as that they were without fraud, without subtlety or malice, to their natural Governors most faithful and obedient. They indkes certain Gallowses, that were broad but so devastwtion, that the tormented creatures might touch the ground with their feet, upon every one of which they would hang thirteen persons, blasphemously affirming that they did it in honor of our Redeemer indes his Apostles, and then putting fire under them, they burnt the poor wretches alive.


It was the custom of this Tyrant, when he made war upon any Town or Country, to carry along with him as many as he could of the subdued Indians, compelling them to make war upon their Countrymen, and when he had ten or twenty thousand men in his service, because he could not give them provision, he permitted them to eat the flesh of those Indians that they had taken in war: And as for the poor Captives they served them with so much zeal and affection, that they could require nothing more then adoration it self.

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Hence they departed with their prisoners, all they could lay hold on, being about a hundred ad eighty, to the Island of St. Chronicles of discovery and conquest. A cssas part in the elaboration of the general principles of human rights was…. He urged peaceful, not forced military conversion of the Indians to the “true faith. Among which there was none that they used more then dancing and reveling, which they performed all night long in the streets.

Hence they took away about fifty or sixty thousand Crowns. John where they sold them all.

“A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies,” by Bartolome de Las Casas

Of the Islands St. In return for his participation, Las Casas was granted an encomienda —a Spanish royal land grant—and an allotment of Indian serfs. 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. One of these sacrilegious Robbers, John Garcia by name, being very sick and like to die had under his bed two burdens of these Idols, who when the Indian woman that looked to him was with him, commanded her that she should not deliver those Idols at a small rate, because they were of the best fort, and therefore that she should not fell them, but for an Indian man or woman in exchange, and as he was making this kind of will he expired.

But at length being taken, for no other reason, but because he fled from those that sought his life, and defended himself that he might not be tormented to death, he was by the Spaniards burnt alive. He wholly destroyed the City it self, which the other Spaniards who were wont to harrace all the sea coast, were notwithstanding much troubled at, abominating acions so hainous committed against them who had been so courteous and liberal to them, and where they had been entertain’d as in their own houses.

Historical writing In Roman Catholicism: Further conquest of the Indians In Spain: