Impact Of Bartolome De Las Casas On Indians

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In the next few paragraphs I will be talking about some of the hardships and cruelty that the Indians of the Americas had to go through. There will be three different points of views I will be going into detail of, Bartolome de Las Casas, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Andrew Jackson. Andrew Jackson had the largest impact ever on Indians and it was not a positive one, while the other Jackson tried to take a stand and seek change. Bartolome de Las Casas was a knowledgeable and respected man. Throughout his life he had many jobs and positions. Las Casas was a priest, was made Bishop of Chiapas in Guatemala, and was also a writer. (Document one, n.d.) Las Casas was also a Dominican missionary who was the first to expose the oppression of native peoples…show more content…
He also states that the Indians were extremely humble, patient, peaceful, and were not quarrelsome. The Indians unlike the Spaniards were not greedy and were hardly worried about being wealthy. The Spaniards were greedy and gold hungry, which was the reason for killing so many Indians. The land that the Indians were living on contained a significant amount of gold. Las Casas (1542) claims that the Spaniards are acting and have acted like ravening beasts, killing, terrorizing, afflicting, torturing, and destroying the native peoples. According to Las Casas (1542) there were unjustly slain more than twelve million men, women, and children; Las Casas personally believed there was fifteen million slain. While Las Casas had a positive opinion of the Indians, Andrew Jackson had just the opposite. Andrew Jackson was the seventh president…show more content…
Las Casas and Helen while they were both supporters of the wellbeing, Helen tried to make life better for Indians. Las Casas was just able to watch and did not have much say at all about what could have been done to help. Andrew Jackson had the most power out of the three and used it wrongly. Andrew Jackson was quite possibly the largest supporter against the Indians and is the reason for the trail of tears. I felt a large difference between the three was Helen and Las Casas actually understood the Indians and were aware that they were just as important and equal as whites. Andrew Jackson meanwhile felt the Indians were insignificant and had zero
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