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Las Casas returned to Spain four times, in attempts to save the Indians from the cruelties of the Spanish conquest and to find new methods to convert them to Christianity. As of that moment, the young priest became the lawyer of the mistreated Native race. Those who survived the journey were ill-received, and had to work hard even to survive in the hostile colonies. In he began to work for the improvement of conditions among the indigenous population, especially for the abolition of their slavery and of the forced labor of the encomienda.

For much more on Las Casas please go to http: Over the following decades Las Casas ceaselessly promulgated an ideological position that Indians had the right to their land and that papal grants to Spain were for the conversion of souls, not the appropriation of resources.

In the years following his death, his ideas became taboo in the Spanish realm, and he was seen as a nearly heretical extremist. He traveled back and forth to Spain to report to its rulers the suffering of the native peoples. Las Casas was among those denied confession for this reason. The problem of slavery and persecution In Christianity: He claimed that the Indians had no ruler, and no laws, so any civilized man could legitimately appropriate them.

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Upon listening to a sermon by a Dominican father denouncing the treatment of Indians, Las Casas relinquished his holdings to the governor. Consequently, the commissioners were unable to take any radical steps towards improving the situation of the natives.


Christianity and Missions, — When he arrived in Spain, his former protector, regent and Cardinal Ximenez Cisneroswas ill and had become tired of Las Casas’s tenacity. In August at Valladolid the two faced off before a panel of theologians and lawyers, who were to report to the king.

History-Sights – People in Our History. In MayLas Casas was forced to travel back to Spain to denounce to the regent the failure of the Hieronymite reforms. Spanish settlers in the Americas frequently either disregarded or circumvented such laws, and exploitation barotlome New World natives continued into the seventeenth century.

So, no matter what people thought of this Dominican monk, he made a great influence in the life and culture of the world. After the failure of this idealistic scheme to get Spanish farmers to work alongside free natives, Las Casas joined the Dominican order in Santo Domingo during Historian Anthony Pagden bartilome that the Hapsburg court had appointed itself as the guardian of universal Christendom. Considered by some to be a saint and by others to be a fanatic and close to insanity.

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Las Casas fought for the rights of the Indians until his death in July Las Casas and a group of farm labourers departed for America in December In he went to the island of Hispaniola present-day Dominican Republic and Haitiwhere he participated in the conquest of thhe Indians.

Although he was not a pacifist, he denounced waging war against yhe Indians as unjust, and he ardently affirmed that the only proper means of conversion was through persuasion and example, not by war.

A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies. Devastation of the Indies: Ximenez died on November 8, and the young King arrived in Valladolid on November 25, In return for his participation, Las Casas was granted an encomienda —a Spanish royal land grant—and an allotment of Indian serfs.

This book, written a decade earlier and sent to the attention of then-prince Philip II of Spaincontained accounts of the abuses committed by some Spaniards against Native Americans during the early stages of colonization. This resulted in a new resolution to be presented histogy viceroy Csas.


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Las Casas was devastated by the casws result of his peasant migration scheme, which he felt had been thwarted by his enemies. Spanish patriots condemned Las Casas for helping create with his tireless propaganda a “Black Legend” that Spaniards were exceptionally cruel.

Friede, Juan, and Benjamin Keen, eds. Many Spaniard missionaries sent to the New World, including Las Casas, noticed and denounced the brutal exploitation of Indians by encomenderos, and their lack of commitment in evangelization.

His party made it as far as Panamabut had to turn back to Nicaragua due to adverse weather. Great Prophet of the Americas. The ruler was shocked by the terrible stories of native women historg in front of their husbands, of native children thrown into rushing rivers, and of young men slowly burned alive—all inflicted by the Spanish. Chiefly through his agency, humanitarian laws, called the New Laws, were adopted to protect the indigenous people in Spanish colonies, although later alterations, notably those of Pedro de la Gascarendered them almost ineffective.

In he astonished his parishioners by condemning the encomienda in its entirety, freeing his Indians, and then vigorously interceding with local authorities on the natives’ behalf.

Retrieved December 11, from Encyclopedia. He then began an active campaign of intercession with Spanish authorities on behalf of the rights of conquered Indian populations. Shortly before he left, he received the tonsure, making him a member of the clergy, but he was not yet a priest.

At least partly because of the book’s affect on him, in King Charles established the New Laws, which prohibited the future enslavement of native Hispaniolans and gave guidelines for the proper treatment of those already working for Spanish landowners.

Two years later Las Casas was named bishop of Chiapas in southern Mexico. After his failure, Las Casas decided to devote his life to religious service.