He holds to this pattern for 19 chapters, following the path of conquest from Hispaniola to Peru. Despite the pretence that it was nothing more than a factual record of events, the History, no less than the Short Account, was intended to persuade his king to act.
At the heart of the New Laws were two main issues: Though they never gave any real reason for the lack of concern for not carrying out their mission of converting the natives, it can be assumed that it was due to money.
These two sides waged a running battle throughout the first half of the sixteenth century, beginning with the debate over the Laws of Burgos. Juan Friede and Benjamin Keen. Las Casas interrupted work on the book only to send to the Council of the Indies in Madrid three long letters in, andin which he accused persons and institutions of the sin of oppressing the Indian, particularly through the encomienda system.
Nevertheless, he would never have accepted any kind of revolt against the power of either the Church or the State. Moral backlash In an almost unknown Dominican friar named Antonio de Montesinos preached a sermon in the colonial capital of Santo Domingo in present-day Dominican Republic.
It was in the most immediate, most transparent sense of the word, an exercise in propaganda. Once the Europeans had discharged their duty to inform, the way was clear for pillage and enslavement. New Laws of —first and last fruits In short, Las Casas played a part in the struggles of his time far more direct and effective than that of a mere observer.
While details vary from region to region, the larger picture never changes: 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.
He had, too, friends who were as powerful as his detractors. Worse, they were killed by the very people responsible for converting them.
During the s, people did not know what caused disease or how it spread. But it had another overt purpose. Another law prohibited the granting of encomiendas, and stated that all present encomiendas would revert to the Crown upon the death of the present encomendero. The Franciscans and Augustinians started the first universities.
Las Casas had a clear idea of narrative purpose. Las Casas is only the most famous of various defenders of native peoples. Those who escaped this fate fell into two categories. It was up to the Council of the Indies to act.
But Las Casas, and those of his associates like Marcos de Niza, was not only there. Rhetorical strategy[ edit ] A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies is a book that is acclaimed by scholars for its rhetorical effect.
Are these not men? A year later Las Casas was moderately well-off and the master of a number of Indians. Reliability[ edit ] 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.
He experienced a spiritual turning point upon attending a sermon delivered by the Dominican friar Antonio de Montesinos, which convinced him of the injustice being wrought upon native peoples of the Americas, particularly in the Caribbean.
There is, of course, a great deal of truth to this picture; but it is not the whole truth. Focusing on children, the missionaries fostered a teacher-student relationship, but allowed native practices to continue as long as they did not breach the basic tenets of Christianity. Thus, he would have been dismayed to learn that his Short Account became the critical document in the Leyendo Negro, the Black Legend.He wrote A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies ina shocking catalogue of mass slaughter, torture and slavery, which showed that the evangelizing vision of Columbus had descended under later conquistadors into genocide/5(4).
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The use of the term ‘destruction’ in the title of the Short Account was an implicit reference to an earlier ‘destruction’ of Spain, the Arab invasion of AP Parts:Bartolome de las Casas "Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies" (Historical Context) Stop the violence of the encomienda and the enslavement of the Natives AP Parts: Bartolome de las Casas "Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies" (Purpose).Download