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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There may be now remaining in the Province of Nicardona perhaps some four or five thousand men, though they daily diminish through the immoderate oppressions of the Spaniards. This also your Majesty ”may further take notice of, that they are ”not men that live here but Devils, that ”there are no servants of Bargolome or the King ”to be found, but traitors both to the ”Law and King.

There might have been erected by the Spaniards many brave and large Cities where they might have liv’d as in a Paradise, had they not rendered themselves totally unworthy of any such benefits through their own enormities and impieties.

Which words are taken from the writings of the te Bishop of St. The Captain of the foresaid Spaniards called to him one of the Noble men of this Country, and commanded him to take these Idols and to distribute them among his people, and bring in exchange an Indian indiew or woman for every Idol, otherwise threatening to make war upon him; the foresaid Lord out of fear took those Idols, giving every one of them to his subjects, commanding them to worship them, and also to send back in recompense to the Spaniards some of their people to serve them.

University of New Mexico Press. For every foot there came five or six ships which returned full of Indians into the Regions of Panama and Peru, where they were sold, and ended their days in captivity. Not far from the Palace there were above two thousand youths, being all the children of the Nobility, and indeed the flower d the Nobility which were in Montexuma’s Kingdome.

They made some low wide gallows on which the hanged victim’s feet almost touched the ground, stringing up their victims in lots of thirteen, in memory of Our Redeemer and His twelve Apostles, then set burning wood at their feet and thus burned them alive. The Cities they burnt to the ground; Their Princes, having first tormented them, they carried away captive, binding them in chains. The King of this Country was called Bebechio, who had a sister who was called Anacaona.

Historical writing In Roman Catholicism: But the cruelties and injuries of the Tyrants that went from these parts to depopulate which they called discover other Regions overtaking them; many Indians were by them slain, while they sought to defend themselves in the rocks: Retrieved from ” https: Francis together with Father James, to keep the Country in peace, and to bring the remainder of those that were left by ‘heir preaching to the knowledge of Christ.


For these quiet lambs, they drew them by violence out of their houses, carrying them, together with their wives and children into Captivity, afflicting them in those horrid manners as abovesaid, and burning them with the mark of Slaves. During his final years Las Casas came to be the bartoome adviser both to the Council of the Indies and to the king on many of the problems relating to the Indies.

Donovan provides a brief biography of Las Casas and reviews the controversy his work produced among Europeans, whose indignation–and denials–lasted centuries. But there was no greater plague that depopulated this Country, then a liberty granted by the Governor to the Spaniards, for the requiring of slaves and captives from the Nobles and potent men of the Kingdome; who as often as the Spaniards obtained leave to demand them, which was every four or five months, and sometimes sooner, gave them constantly fifty servants, whom the Spaniards still threatened, that if they would not be obedient, they would either burn them cxsas, or throw them to the dogs.

This infinite multitude og people was so created by God, as that they were without fraud, without subtlety or malice, to their natural Governors most faithful and obedient. John and Jamaica In the yearthe Islands of St.

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Of Hispaniola In the Island of Hispaniola, to which the Spaniards came first, these slaughters and ruins of mankind took their beginning.

On what authority have you waged a detestable war against these people, who dwelt quietly and peacefully on their own land?

Which having said, taking up a little Chest filled with Gold, he proceeded in these words: And thus from the first entry of the Spaniards into New Spain, which happened upon the tenth day of the month of April, continuing from the eighteenth year until the thirtieth, in which space of time are contained twelve years compleat, there hath been no end of the bloody massacres and cruel slaughters of the Spaniards, perpetrated in the continent of Mexico and the parts adjoyning, which contained four or five large Kingdoms, that neither for compass nor fertility gave place to Spain.

To others they attached straw or wrapped their whole bodies in straw and set them afire. Other Islands there were near the Island of St. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Those Indians that escaped with the rest of the inhabitants of the Country, gathered themselves together, resolving to hazard a war with the Spaniards, but alas with small prosperity, there being an infinite number of them slain.

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They lie upon mats, only those who have larger fortunes, lye upon a kind of net which is tied at the four corners, and so fasten’d to the roof, which the Indians in their natural language call Hamecks.

Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. And the men being separated from the women, there was no more issue to be expected from them.

We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. 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 bratolome for Wine, Oyle, Vinegar, Pork, Horses, and other things which they stood in need of.


The rest of his Nobles ended their lives in that servitude and slavery which shall be hereafter related. When the Spaniards saw that some of these had escaped, they sent a ship to find them, and it voyaged for three years among the islands searching for those who had escaped being slaughteredfor a good Christian had helped them escape, taking pity on them and had won devastatiion over to Christ; of these there were eleven persons and these I saw.

He was a person so milde and gentle, and all his subjects endued with such virtue using the Spaniards that arriv’d there with that civility, that they thought nothing too much for them, bestowing all things needfull either for sustenance or delight that their Country afforded. At length there came a Franciscan Friar who freed him from his torments, but not ls death, which immediately ensued.

Whole families hang themselves in despair.

Then, when they have slain all those who fought for their lives or to escape the tortures they would have to endure, that is to say, when they have slain all the native rulers and young men since the Spaniards usually spare only the women and children, who are subjected to the hardest and bitterest servitude ever suffered by man or beastthey enslave any survivors. These things, most invincible Cesar, I have learnt by experience.

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

San Juan [Puerto Rico] and Jamaica are two of the largest, most productive and attractive islands; both are now devastahion and devastated. Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Las Casas and a group of farm labourers departed for America in December Let these actions be well considered, and whether the Indians so taken may be justly enslaved or no.

Neither is it to be hop’d that these losses can be repaired as long as the World stands, unless God by some miracle should raise from the dead so many people as have been slain; besides the blasphemies and curses wherewith they have been bold to provoke even God himself.

Wherefore most invincible Cesar it would be requisite, that you should signify by the severe correction of some, how displeased you were with such services, whereby they shew themselves so disobedient and refractory to God himself.

Martha toward the West 50 miles, and is situated upon the confines of the Kingdome of Cerusia, being stretched upon the sea coast to the Bay of Uraba a hundred miles in length, Southward it is also stretched to a very great length.

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