Title: Breve relacion de la destruccion de las Indias occidentales. Contributor Names: Casas, Bartolomé de las, Created / Published: Filadelfia, J.F. . A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (Spanish: Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias) is an account written by the. Brevisima relacion de la destruccion de las indias / A short account of the destruction of the Indies by Bartolome De Las Casas, , available at.
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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 From toLas Casas traveled back and forth between Spain and Spanish colonies in Latin America numerous times, struggling to find a common ground between Spanish authorities and his own humanitarian aims to improve the conditions of Indian subjects in Spanish dominions.
Inafter Las Casas first wrote the chronicle later known as A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indiesduring the hearings ordered by Charles I of Spain to resolve issues of forceful conversion and colonial exploitation of Indians, Las Casas presented the account before the members of the Council of the Indies as proof of atrocities committed upon Indians by colonial authorities. Las Casas was one of the first advocates for the indigenous people. The 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.
It was written for Charles I of Spain. He describes the extensive torture, murder, and mutilation of the Natives, referring to them as “innocent Sheep” who were “assaulted” by the Spanish colonizers.
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On the island of Hispaniola, the Spanish were herding people into a straw building and setting fire to it, burning the occupants alive. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies is a book that marks a significant moment in the way 21st century colonial Latin American historians would address world history.
De Las Casas’ A Short Accountwas a revised history of the conquest, in the way that he includes facts that would aid him in his argument. De Las Casas supported the overall Spanish colonial experiment in the Americas, while condemning the abuse of the indigenous people.
De Las Casas is also noted as one of the first writers and thinkers to racialize the indigenous people of the Americas.
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
His account was largely responsible for the passage of the new Spanish colonial laws known as the New Laws ofwhich abolished native slavery for the first time in European colonial history and led to the Valladolid debate. It was republished inby Jan Evertszoon Cloppenburchalongside the book Origin and progress of the disturbances in the Netherlands by Dutch historian Johannes Gysius.
The images described by Las Casas were later depicted by Theodor de Bry in copper plate engravings that helped expand the Black Legend against Spain. The purpose of A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies was to convince the King of Spain to take action on the mistreatment of the indigenous people of the Americas.
De Las Casas has been accused by many scholars [ citation needed ] about making exaggerated claims in terms of the death toll and mistreatment of the indigenous people.
Today, it is known that Old World diseases and the lack of immunity caused a large number of indigenous deaths. Brevlsima reason why De Las Casas did not mention the number of indigenous deaths caused by old world diseases is not a political one.
During the s, people did not know pas caused disease or how it spread. The discovery of germs wasn’t until the s, and their association with diseases was not even accepted by the medical profession until the s. It is important to look at A Short Account as an important observation of what was happening to the indigenous people at the hands of the Spanish conquistadors, but also as an example of rhetoric or propaganda. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies is a book that is acclaimed by scholars for its rhetorical effect.
De Las Casas juxtaposes the inhumane mistreatment of the Spanish conquistadors with the inherent goodness of the indigenous people in an exaggerated manner in his strategy of persuasion.
His text largely uses an emotionally persuasive argument instead of a logical argument in A Short Account in his effort to convince the King of Spain. De Las Casas revised and re-edited this book in order to make his best argument in favor of the indigenous people. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. El protector de indios. Escuela de Estudios Hispano-Americanos.
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