The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account

JHU Press, 1974 - 138 sider
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Five hundred years after Columbus's first voyage to the New World, the debate over the European impact on Native American civilization has grown more heated than ever. Among the first--and most insistent--voices raised in that debate was that of a Spanish priest, Bartolome de Las Casas, acquaintance of Cortes and Pizarro and shipmate of Velasquez on the voyage to conquer Cuba. In 1552, after forty years of witnessing--and opposing--countless acts of brutality in the new Spanish colonies, Las Casas returned to Seville, where he published a book that caused a storm of controversy that persists to the present day. The Devastation of the Indies is an eyewitness account of the first modern genocide, a story of greed, hypocrisy, and cruelties so grotesque as to rival the worst of our own century. Las Casas writes of men, women, and children burned alive "thirteen at a time in memory of Our Redeemer and his twelve apostles." He describes butcher shops that sold human flesh for dog food ("Give me a quarter of that rascal there, " one customer says, "until I can kill some more of my own"). Slave ship captains navigate "without need of compass or charts, " following instead the trail of floating corpses tossed overboard by the ship before them. Native kings are promised peace, then slaughtered. Whole families hang themselves in despair. Once-fertile islands are turned to desert, the wealth of nations plundered, millions killed outright, whole peoples annihilated. In an introduction, historian Bill M. Donovan provides a brief biography of Las Casas and reviews the controversy his work produced among Europeans, whose indignation--and denials--lasted centuries. But the book itself is short. "Were I t describe all this, " writes Las Casas of the four decades of suffering he witnessed, "no amount of time and paper could encompass this task."

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Brukerevaluering  - Kathryn Michaels - Goodreads

a great primary source on the devastation served upon a group of peoples by the conquistadores. Definitely a must read for any historian! Les hele vurderingen

Review: The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account

Brukerevaluering  - Christina - Goodreads

omg this book is over a hundred pages that could all be summed up in one sentence: "The Spanish went to the New World and killed and raped and stole EVERYTHING from EVERYONE EVERYWHERE." Les hele vurderingen

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Bartolom de las Casas (Sevilla, 1474-Madrid, 1566). Espa a. En 1502 fue a La Espa ola (hoy Rep blica Dominicana) para hacerse cargo de las propiedades de su padre. Diez a os despu 's fue el primer sacerdote ordenado en Am rica. M 's tarde vivi en Cuba y obtuvo numerosas riquezas gracias a los repartimientos y encomiendas. En 1514 regres a Espa a, y renunci a todas sus propiedades. Afectado por su experiencia americana, pretendi imponer un nuevo modelo de evangelizaci n y se convirti en un ferviente defensor de los derechos de los indios. Sin embargo, su actitud provoc la enemistad de obispos, gobernadores y miembros del poderoso e influyente Consejo de Indias. En 1520 volvi a Am rica para poner en pr ctica en Cuman (Venezuela) sus ideas sobre una colonizaci n pac fica. Fracas . A os despu 's predic en tierras de Nicaragua y Guatemala, hasta que en 1540 regres a Espa a, donde fue uno de los m 's destacados impulsores de las Leyes Nuevas (1542). Nombrado obispo en Sevilla, en 1544, tom posesi n de la di cesis de Chiapas (provincia de la capitan a general de Guatemala), all denunci los cr menes de los colonos. Tuvo muchos enemigos. En 1546 pas a M xico y un a o despu 's regres a Espa a. Durante esta poca redact su Historia de las Indias (1552-1561), publicada en 1875. Su defensa de los ind genas le hizo reclamar la presencia de negros africanos para que trabajasen como esclavos en Am rica en lugar de aqu llos.

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