Bartolome de las Casas: A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies The Americas were discovered inand the first Christian settlements established by the Spanish the following year. It is accordingly forty-nine years now since Spaniards began arriving in numbers in this part of the world.
The professed purpose of the Spanish conquistadors in the Caribbean and Central America had been The professed purpose of the Spanish conquistadors in the Caribbean and Central America had been to convert heathen inhabitants to Christianity; yet, Bartolome points out that the true motive appears to be to accumulate wealth in gold.
Thus, the Spaniards are murdering millions of natives all for the sake of gold.
According to Bartolome, everywhere the Spanish went in the islands, the natives greeted them in friendship and offered them any provisions they had.
The Spaniards were guilty of massacres, rape, and even infanticide. While the king professed that conversion of the natives was the motive for colonization, accumulation of wealth was really the true motive.
More importantly to the king, the conquistadors who took gold from the natives only sent a tiny amount back to the Spanish royal treasury, keeping most of the gold for themselves. Hence, the king was more interested in prosecuting the conquistadors for theft than for murder charges.
Though the suffering and death continued in the Spanish Caribbean islands, Bartolome never let go of his commitment to saving the natives.Bartolomé de las Casas A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE DESTRUCTION OF THE INDIES written , published * [EXCERPTS] PRESENTATION by Bishop don Fray Bartolomé de las Casas or Casaus, to the most high and potent lord Prince of all the Spains don Felipe, our.
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