Español: Portada del Brevisima relación de la destrucción de las Indias. Publicado en Sevilla en por Bartolomé de las Casas. Date, Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias by Bartolomé de las Casas; 42 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Casas, Bartolomé. by Bartolomé de las Casas A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies ( Spanish: Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias) is an.

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Consequently, the commissioners were unable to take any radical steps towards improving the situation of the natives. During the next years, he divided his time between being a colonist and his duties as an ordained priest. Retrieved July 16, He still suggested that the loss of Indian labor for the colonists could be replaced by allowing importation of African slaves.

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In order to make the proposal palatable to the King, Las Casas had to incorporate the prospect of profits for the royal treasury. 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. Because of the fact that the land had not been possible to conquer by military means, the governor of Guatemala, Alonso de Maldonadoagreed to sign a contract promising that if the venture was successful he would not establish any new encomiendas in the area.

De Las Casas juxtaposes the inhumane mistreatment of the Spanish conquistadors with the inherent goodness of the indigenous people in an exaggerated manner in his strategy of persuasion. This page was last edited on 12 Decemberat Liberation of the Oppressed. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies is a book that marks a significant moment in the way 21st century colonial Latin American historians would address world history.

He described the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the indigenous peoples. The first edition in translation was published in Dutch induring the religious persecution of Dutch Protestants by the Spanish crown, followed by editions in FrenchEnglishand German — all countries where religious wars were raging.


The Emperor, probably because of the doubts caused by Las Casas’s arguments, never took a final decision on the issue of the encomiendas. Brevisima relacion de la destruccion de las Indias: There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

The tragic outcome of Las Casas’s great mainland adventure made him turn his life in a new direction. In addition, his casaw towards the colonizers served to bring awareness to his audience on the true meaning of Christianity, to dismantle any misconceptions on evangelization. A Short Account detsruccion the Destruction of the Indies.

A short account of the destruction of the Indies. A new interpretation based on his holograph petition in the Hans P.

De Las Casas revised and re-edited this book in order to make his best argument in favor of the indigenous people.

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Retrieved 12 October However, the reforms were so unpopular back in the New World that riots broke out and threats were made against Las Casas’s life. File change date and time An interpretation of his life and writings.

Bartolome de las Casas. Unlike other priests who sought to destroy the indigenous peoples’ native books and writings, he strictly opposed this action.

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.

They did revoke some encomiendas from Spaniards, especially those who were living in Spain and not on the islands themselves; they even repossessed the encomienda cassas Fonseca, the Bishop of Burgos. 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. Las Casas was one of the first advocates for the indigenous people.

Pages with related products. Ximenez died on November 8, and the young King arrived in Valladolid on November 25, Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Lws Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. He traveled to Central Americaacting as a missionary among the Maya of Guatemala and participating in debates among colonial churchmen about how best to bring the natives to the Christian faith.

Las Casas was devastated by the tragic result of his peasant migration scheme, which he felt had been thwarted by his enemies. He oversaw the construction of a monastery in Puerto Plata on the north coast of Hispaniola, subsequently serving as prior of the convent.


The recruitment drive was difficult, and during the process the power relation shifted at court when Chancellor Sauvage, Las Casas’s main supporter, unexpectedly died. The account was one of the first attempts by a Spanish writer of the colonial era to brtolome the unfair treatment that the indigenous people endured during the early stages of the Spanish conquest of the Greater Antillesparticularly the island of Hispaniola.

Archived from the original on September 23, Benjamin Keen likewise did not consider Las Casas to have had any substantial impact on the slave trade, which was well in place before he began writing.

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In fact it was not published for years, finally being done so in It destruccuon republished in dde, by Jan Evertszoon Cloppenburchalongside the book Origin and progress of the disturbances in the Netherlands by Dutch historian Johannes Gysius.

It was written for Charles I of Spain. But apart from the clerical business, Las Casas had also traveled to Spain for his own purpose: Lingering for a while in the Destrucciln convent of Granadahe got into conflict with Rodrigo de ContrerasGovernor of Nicaragua, when Las Casas vehemently opposed slaving expeditions by the Governor.

Some historians such as Castro argue that he was more of a politician than a humanitarian and that his liberation policies were always combined with destrucxion to make colonial extraction of resources from the natives more efficient.

In the Crown decreed that all copies of Las Casas’s Confesionario be burnt, and his Franciscan adversary, Motolinia obliged and sent back a report to Spain. A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Permission Reusing this file. Wikiquote has quotations related to: