Bartolome De Las Casas Book Review Essay examples

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Bartolme De Las Casas is an interesting character. His passion for people who at the time were seen as a sub species of humans (if even human at all) is remarkable. De Las Casas came from a modest family and was well educated. He was brought into the world of the America's through his father Pedro De Las Casas who was an encomiendo himself. His travels through the New World prior to 1510 when he became an ordained priest shaped his crusade to defend the Natives.
There are many clues in this book which point to the exaggeration of its content. For instance at one point De Las Casas goes as far as to say that 12 million (then it changed to 13 and then again to 15 million) natives were there when the Spanish arrived and at the time he
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Written in the mid 1500's, when Spain's perception of the monarch was divine and strongly linked to the Catholic Church one can draw the conclusion that each party (both the crown and De Las Casas) had a political interest in this situation. De Las Casas repetitively speaks of the horrific treatment of the Natives by the Spanish settlers and then cleverly draws a connection to the divinity and purity of the crown by stating that such terrible events could only have occurred because the monarch was unaware of what was going on. Due to the connection between politics and the Catholic Church, De Las Casas' writings were taken into serious consideration by the King who was having his own concerns regarding the Americas. During De Las Casas' time Spain was enjoying her golden era of prosperity and wealth primarily due to the discovery of the Americas. The Catholic Pope Alexander the 6th had been Spanish which gave Spanish monarchies more power in Europe. The Spanish monarch was seen as the "sole temporal arbiters of Gods will" (intro.) and thus the protectors of Christianity. De Las Casas cleverly enforces this responsibility in his writings by praising the royals as the people who could stop the brutality. However, the monarchs' interest in this situation was not for the protection of the natives. Spain was such a far distance from the New World the crown feared their lack of
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