Brief account of the devastation of the indies 1542 bartoleme de las casas

Of the Kingdom of Yucatan In the yeara vile and impious man through his fawning and lying, was made Governor of the Kingdom of Yucatan; which was the manner that other tyrants used for the obtaining of their presentments and offices; for by their authority they had greater opportunities to do mischief.

The English published a translation of the Brief Relation when they were about to seize Jamaica. They do worship some covetous and unsatisfied Deity, and to content the greedy worship of that Celestial Power, they require many things from us, using all their endeavor to murder and enslave us.

There is no man that can sufficiently express the fertility of this Island, the temperateness of the air, or the multitude of the people that did inhabit it.

A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies by Bartolomé de las Casas

But when the Spaniards would not depart from thence, although the Viceroy used all his endeavors to recall them; he declared them Traitors and guilty of high Treason; and moreover, when the persevered in their tyranny and oppression, the religious persons seeing, that though revenge came late, that yet they would not go unpunished, and fearing left that revenge might fall upon their own heads, and besides not being able to preach the Gospel in quiet, by reason of the incursions of the Spaniards, resolv'd to leave the Kingdome, which now remains destitute of all knowledge, the souls of these poor Indians remaining in their past miseries of ignorance and Heathenism, all the streams of divine knowledge being taken from them, by these cursed Spaniards, as when water is taken from the young plants; for at the time when they went away, the Indians were very covetous after the knowledge of our Religion.

And since men and women were separated, there could be no marital relations. Upon which the wretched Indians beating their breasts for grief would now and then burst forth in these words, O perverse men, O cruel Spaniards, What will ye kill helpless women. These ambitious, blind and execrable tyrants going out of this Region to seek more riches, there went with them four Monks of the Order of St.

And this I also dare affirm, that the Indians had always just reason to raise war against the Spaniards, and that the Spaniards on the contrary, had never any legal cause of quarrel against them, but only always an intention to exercise a fury on them greater than the most consuming and prodigal rage, that ever made the worst of tyrants infamous.

Neither do we now wreck on those that died under the intolerable yoke and burdens of their captivity. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Another butchery was by them committed in the City of Tepeaca, which was a much larger City then the former.

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. For the Spaniards so condemned them I now speak what I have seen without the least untruth that they used them not like beasts, for that would have been tolerable, but looked upon them as if they had been but the dung and filth of the earth, and so little they regarded the health of their souls, that they suffered this great multitude to die without the least light of Religion; neither is this less true then what I have said before and that which those tyrants and hangmen themselves dare not deny, without speaking a notorious falsehood, that the Indians never gave them the least cause to offer them violence, but received them as Angels sent from heaven, till their excessive cruelties, the torments and slaughters of their Countrymen mov'd them to take Arms against the Spaniards.

Of New Spain [Mexico] In the year New Spain was discovered; after the discovery of which they did nothing first or second, but immediately sell to their old practices of cruelty and slaughter: Here we must observe, that they entered into these Kingdoms and territories, which for the abundance of people ought to have been the joy of all true Christians upon no pretence, but as they said to reduce them to slavery.

Toward the Spaniards whom they serve, patient, meek and peaceful, and who laying all contentious and tumultuous thoughts aside, live without any hatred or desire of revenge; the people are most delicate and tender, enjoying such a feeble constitution of body as does not permit them to endure labor, so that the Children of Princes and great persons here, are not more nice and delicate then the Children of the meanest Country-man in that place.

Bartolome de las Casas Quotes

Into the Province of Cuzcatan, where the City of our Savior is situated, being a Country, which together with the neighboring sea coast is extended about forty or fifty miles in length; and also into the City of Cuzcatan it self, which is the Metropolis of the whole Country, he was received with very great joy, the Indians expecting his coming, laden with a present of above thirty thousand Turkies and other things necessary for their refreshment.

With this kind of torture they put to death many other of the Princes and Noble men of the Country. He was a sad sight to behold women with child gor'd through the body with these stakes; while others that lay uppermost were killed with swords and lances; those that would not in were cast to their dogs.

Among other things also this was most unjust, that they caused to be marked with the mark of slavery above four thousand five hundred of the Indians that were all as free born as themselves; among which they also caused to be thus marked children of two, three or four years old, though they were all such as came forth to meet him with great acclamations of joy; other things without number I pass by in silence.

Born in Seville, Spain, inBartolome de Las Casas became a loud voice for human rights of America's indigenous population.

One of these sacrilegious Robbers, John Garcia by name, being very sick and like to die had under his bed two burdens of these Idols, who when the Indian woman that looked to him was with him, commanded her that she should not deliver those Idols at a small rate, because they were of the best fort, and therefore that she should not fell them, but for an Indian man or woman in exchange, and as he was making this kind of will he expired.

Short Report of the Destruction of the Indies is his brief account of what he witnessed on his trip to the New World, with a focus on the actions by the Spanish that upset him most. Their reason for killing and destroying such an infinite number of souls is that the Christians have an ultimate aim, which is to acquire gold, and to swell themselves with riches in a very brief time and thus rise to a high estate disproportionate to their merits.

These Provinces from the year All his ships he filled with Indians, where they died for hunger and for thirst. That which led the Spaniards to these unsanctified impieties was the desire of Gold, to make themselves suddenly rich, for the obtaining of dignities and honors which were no way fit for them.


The common ways mainly employed by the Spaniards who call themselves Christian. After the king rescinded the prohibition on inheritance, Las Casas resigned his office in and returned to Spain.

Bill Donovan, “ Introduction, ” in Bartolom é de las Casas, The Devastation of the Indies: A Brief Account, translated by Herma Briffault (Baltimore and London: Johns Hopkins University Press, ).

Inafter years of witnessing Indian suffering and slavery, Bartolome de Las Casas wrote this indictment against European exploitation and mistreatment of the native peoples of the New World. Bartolomé de las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies, trans.

Nigel Griffin (London: Penguin Classics, ), Bartolomé de las Casas, “Bartolomé de las Casas,” in Norton Anthology of American Literature, ed.

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Nina Bayme and Robert S. Levine. Synopsis. Bartolome de Las Casas was the first and fiercest critic of Spanish colonialism in the New World. An early traveller to the Americas who sailed on one of Columbus' voyages, Las Casas was so horrified by the wholesale massacre he witnessed that he Reviews: 5.

Bartoleme de Las Casas – A Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies () The Indies were discovered in the year one thousand four hundred and ninety-two. In the following year a great many Spaniards went there with the intention of settling the land.

Primary Document: Bartolomé de Las Casas, A Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies () The Indies were discovered in the year one thousand four hundred and ninety-two. In the following year a great many Spaniards went there with the intention of settling the land.

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