Bartoleme de Las Casas, Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies. (). The Indies were discovered in the year one thousand four hundred and. Bartolome de Las Casas’ The Devastation of the Indies: A brief Account and the context of. Spanish colonisation reveal that the colonisers were repressive and. THE DEVASTATION. OF THE INDIES: A BRIEF ACCOUNT by Bartolomé de Las Casas. T. THE INDIES’ were discovered in the year one thou- sand four.

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Spanish Chronicles of the Indies: These incarnate devils laid waste and spoiled above A Brief Account Johns Hopkins paperbacks. For with the excessive work you demand of them they fall ill and die, or rather you kill them with your desire to extract and acquire gold every day.

For the Indians, believed that the religious persons were guilty of the said treachery, partly because that their promises concerning the return of their King in four months had prov’d so vain, partly because the Indians make no distinction between the religious persons and the thieving Spaniards. He commanded these Spaniards to go pillage and depopulate other Countries, permitting to these Robbers, and Hangmen, to bring away and enslave what number of these poor people they pleased: These Countries are inhabited by such a number of people, as if God had assembled and called together to this place, the greatest part of Mankind.

One time above the rest I saw four of the Nobles laid upon these perches, and two or three other of these kind of hurdles furnished after the same manner; the clamors and cries of which persons being troublesome to the Captain, he gave order that they should be hang’d, but the Executioner whose name I know, and whose parents are not obscure, hindered their Calamity from so quick a conclusion, stopping their mouths, that they should not disturb the Captain, and still laying on more wood, till being roasted according to his pleasure, they yielded up the ghost.

In another Village, whose Inhabitants seem’d to be more vigilant, by reason of the horrid iniquities which, as they heard, the Spaniards were wont to commit, they put all to the sword, young and old, little and great, Lord and subject, sparing none that came in their way. At the bottom of the article, feel free to list any sources that support your changes, so that we can fully understand their context. Neither are those, which are prov’d, verifi’d to any purpose, neither is there that credit given to them as indeed there should be; for if they would but do their duty both to God and the King, they would soon made the King to have been cheated by the German Tyrants of above three millions of Gold; for the Region of Venezuela being about Wikisource has original text related to this article: As for those that came out of Spain, boasting themselves to be Christians, they took two several ways to extirpate this National from the face of the Earth, the first whereof was a bloody, unjust, and cruel war which they made upon them: But what was the recompense which they afforded to this mild and bountiful Prince?

But that very day, as was told me by some that were there, they seized upon the King, little suspecting any such matter, setting a guard upon his person of above eighty Soldiers: Here they put to the sword an infinite number of casa, with many additions of cruelty. This cruel Tyrant leaning upon this pretence, sent two other Captains excelling himself in fury, and impiety to Guatemala the most fertile and most flourishing Kingdom sevastation for men and fruit of any barolome were situated southward.


Only they tell you slightly, that because such and such a one did ill and handled the Indians so cruelly, that therefore the Treasury of the King was much diminished; and this is all they do toward the suppression of so many heinous actions.

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

He joined the Dominican order in They had also received commands to visit the Kingdoms of Naco, Honduras, and Guaimara looking toward the north, and being distant from Mexico above three hundred miles; the one casae sent by land, the other by sea, being tje of them well furnished with men and ammunition for Horse and Foot. The plan ended in disaster, but Las Casas did not give up. But after some days were past over, they returned again to their former rapines and dishonoring of God by their wicked courses; neither have they yet made an end, so that now three hundred miles of Land lie untill’d and void of inhabitants.

That night the Spaniards lodg’d without the City, not thinking themselves safe in a Town so well fortified as that was. Whole families hang themselves in despair. He was afterwards made President of the City of Mexico, and with him many other his fellow tyrants advanced to the office of Auditors; which Offices they contaminated with so many impieties and abominations, that it is hardly to be imagined.

His Steward in times of peace kill’d many Indians, burning some, and casting other to his dogs, cutting off others hands, legs, and heads, that thereby their minds being totally subjected they should never deny where their Gold or treasure lay hid.

Las Casas—who was ordained in either or —may have been the first person in America to receive holy orders. And some of the Indians concealed their foods while others concealed their wives and children and still others fled to the mountains to avoid the terrible transactions of the Christians. It was a sad spectacle to behold this poor people preparing themselves to carry those burdens. However, Las Casas found their attempts insufficient to protect the welfare of the Indians, and returned to Spain to appeal to the Spanish monarch in But then gathering together very great Forces, they sought so vigorously, that the Spaniards despairing of victory resolved to retreat in a tempestuous night and to leave the City.

They sold them also against all justice; only because Lucayans were most skillful swimmers. With this kind of torture they put to death many other of the Princes and Noble men of the Country. Upon his return to Santo Domingo, the unsuccessful priest and political reformer abandoned his reforming activities to take refuge in religious life.

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This man in the space of fifteen years, which was from the yearto These people are ot most devoid of rancors, hatreds, or desire for vengeance of any people in the world. Cwsas book has been critiqued for centuries for its reliability about the treatment of the indigenous people and the number of indigenous people who died as a result of the mistreatment by the Spanish conquistadors. This King suspecting nothing less, was by the craft and subtlety of the Spaniards taken in his own house; whom gartolome they had taken they put a ce to send him to Castile; but there being six ships in the Port ready to set sail, the sea began to swell so high, and to be so unruly, that all the six ships with the Spaniards in them, together with King Canabao, who was laden with chains, all perished in the waves.


On what authority have you waged a detestable war against these people, who dwelt quietly and peacefully on their own land? The problem of slavery and persecution In Christianity: Now by reason devastatiion there were beams in the house whither the Indians got up to avoid the fury of the German swords; therefore O cruel beasts the Governor sent certain men to set fire upon the house, and so burnt them alive: And because the Country hath no Gold, for if it had they had soon ended the lives of the inhabitants, by digging in the Mines, making a gain of those bodies and souls for which Christ died, therefore those that they left alive, they made slaves of, sending whole ships away freighted with people, bartering them for Wine, Oyle, Vinegar, Pork, Horses, and other things which they casxs in need of.

For the slaughters, massacres, cruelties, devastations of Countries, destructions of Cities, violences, tyrannies, and rapines of the Spaniards, which they did commit in these so many several and so large Kingdoms, are so numberless, and strike the mind with such a horror, that those which we have before related, are nothing in respect of these which we are to relate, being all perpetrated in the year It happened also, by reason that it came into the Governors mind to change the Indians from one Master to another, pretending to take away force from some that he saw began to envy him, that there was no seed time nor harvest for a whole year; now rather then the Spaniards would devastztion, they took it from the Indians, by which means there perished no less then thirty thousand people; which caused one woman for hunger to eat her own childe.

All the Lords and Noble men, were kept a while in chains, and afterward at devaastation Commandment of the Spanish Captain, tied to stakes and burnt to death.

Born in Seville, Spain, inBartolome barholome Las Casas became a loud voice for human rights of America’s indigenous population. Tye islands are turned to desert, the wealth of nations plundered, millions killed outright, whole peoples annihilated. Yet into this sheepfold, into this land of meek outcasts there came some Spaniards who immediately behaved like ravening wild beasts, wolves, tigers, or lions that had been starved for many days.

Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. Afterwards they divide them like sheep, separating sons from fathers, wives from their husbands; and then making idies a company of ten or twenty, those that set out the ships, and fitted them with necessaries, presently cast lots for their shares. The men they killed only for their hands and feet, for those they accounted dainties.

And as for their Children, because they could not carry them, they were forc’d to throw them away, by which a number of Infants were destroyed.