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A Brief Account Of The Destruction Of The Indies

Auhtor: Bartolome De Las Casas

Language: english
Published: 1552

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Review by Stephen M. Charme, July 2005


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Summary of the Book 'A Brief Account Of The Destruction Of The Indies':

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies is an account written by the Spanish Dominican friar Bartolome de las Casas in 1542 (published in 1552) about the mistreatment of Native Americans in colonial times and sent to then Prince Philip II of Spain. One of the stated purposes for writing the account is his fear of Spain coming under divine punishment and his concern for the souls of the Native Americans. The account is one of the first attempts by a Spanish writer of the colonial era to depict the unfair treatment that the indigenous people endured during the early stages of the Spanish conquest of the Greater Antilles particularly the island of La Hispaniola. Las Casass point of view can be described as being heavily against some of the Spanish methods of colonization which as he describes have inflicted a great loss on the indigenous occupants of the islands. His account is largely responsible for the passage of the new Spanish colonial laws known as the New Laws of 1542 which abolished native slavery for the first time in European colonial history and led to the Valladolid debate. The images described by Las Casas were later depicted by Theodore de Bry in copper plate engravings that helped expand the Black Legend against Spain.

Excerpts from the Book 'A Brief Account Of The Destruction Of The Indies':


... Dutch, Low Dutch, French and now English which is the Sixth Language it has been taught to speak, that anyone of what Nation soever might in this ...
... with Child, but ripping up their Bellies, tore them alive in pieces. They laid Wagers among themselves, who should with a Sword at one blow cut, or divide ...
... no other but this. They put the greatest Indignity upon him imaginable in the person of his Consort who was violated by a Spanish Captain altogether ...
... ground, they immediately cut off his Legs and when any of those Indians, that survived these Barbarous Massacres, betook themselves to an Isle eight ...
... where we then resided, came to meet us with a splendid Retinue, to render their Visit more Honourable, bringing with them delicious Viands, and such ...
... The other Tyrants who governed this Kingdom afterward to the Three and Thirtieth year, depriv'd all of them of Life that remain'd among the Inhabitants. Among ...
... Inhabitants, for in Six or Seven Years time there were constantly Five or Six Ships made ready to be fraighted with Indians that were sold in the Regions ...
... persons. And 'tis reported, while the Spaniards were engated in this Tragedy destroying six or seven thousand Men, that their Commander with great rejoycing ...
... yeilded no Golden Mines but they all, by his command, without any other Crime laid to their Charge, or any Legal Form of Proceeding were burnt alive. ...
... a tormenting distance, where a Boy attended, who by little and little sprinkled them with Oyl, that his Flesh might roast the better: Before him there ...
... enormous Crimes, robbed, and imprisoned them and committed higher offences against the God of Heaven nor have they ye done, so that now these Three Hundred ...
... Sea-shore, which lasted till the Year 1523, whither the Spaniards then came to seat themselves, and fis their intended Habitation. And becuase it is ...
... where in the Letters they sent to the Religious of Hispaniola, Letters containing repeated Exclamations and Protestations, and protest against such Actions, ...
... when found in their own Houses. Now the Soarce and Original of all this is the ends they have propos'd to themselves. For there is a necessity ...
... as them they esteemed) who found the fruitful Region so desolate, deserted, and wasted by Fire and Sword, that those Cruel Tyrants themselves were ...
... Silver and other rich Gifts on him, still to load him with other Presents, till he found they had exhausted their Treasures, and were grown naked ...
... such a Number of Villages burnt by them as cannot well be discover'd: Farther this is a certain Truth, that they snatched Babes from the Mothers Embraces, ...
... day, to be slain by the Sword: And this stratagem he put in practice, to make a greater impression of fear on all the minds of the Inhabitants and ...
... (which is no where else in India) though very little is done and practiced yet they are grievously opprest with intolerable Taxes. But I do really ...
... Villain) gave way to a grat Slaughter of Sheep the chief Food and Support of the Spaniards as well as Indians, permitting them to kill Two or Three ...