HIS 111 De Las Casas Paper Assignment
Statue of Fray Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566), Palacio de San
De Las Casas was an
early advocate for the rights of the peoples of the native Americans
and a spokesman against the brutal Spanish behavior in the New
World. As a Dominican priest he travelled back and forth across
the Atlantic trying to have Spanish laws and practices repealed or
ended. Despite his tireless efforts he was unable to repeal the encomienda system. He was also the first bishop of
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Read Bartolomé De Las Casas,
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (1552) (in its entirety).
Answer the following question in a one-page paper:
Citing specific evidence from De Las Casas (not from the textbook), explain two or three of the main Spanish motives for their
actions in the New World.
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