By Bartolomé de Las Casas
Bartolomé de Las Casas used to be the 1st and fiercest critic of Spanish colonialism within the New global. An early tourist to the Americas who sailed on one among Columbus's voyages, Las Casas was once so horrified by way of the wholesale bloodbath he witnessed that he devoted his existence to holding the Indian neighborhood. He wrote a brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies in 1542, a stunning 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 assumption of the Spanish 'Black Legend' that will final for centuries.
Edited and Translated by means of NIGEL GRIFFIN
With an advent by means of ANTHONY PAGDEN
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A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolomé de Las Casas