Las Casas’ drive to have indigenous rights recognised significantly influence the emancipation of indigenous from slavery. However there are aspects to Las Casas’ approach that are less noble. Many scholars, historians and authors have been critical of Las Casas and his image as ‘the saviour of slaves.’ The focus of these criticism revolve around accusations that he did not understand
“ It should be kept in mind that their insatiable greed and ambition, the greatest ever seen in the world, is the cause of their villainies.” (Las Casas) The people of Spain used murder and slavery as a means to depopulate the Islands due to their greed. According to Casas, the number of slain Indians is about 15 million in the fourty years that the Spaniards have intruded on the Natives land. Young men and rulers were killed, while women and young children were forced to be slaves to the Christians. At one point some Indians escaped a ship that was going to take them to Hispaniola to be sold as slaves, and the Spaniards sent a ship to voyage through the island for three years to hunt down those who fled. It is astonishing how cruel the Christians were solely for personal and materialistic
In “The Brief Account of The Devastations of the Indies” Bartolome de Las Casa is an account that speaks on the unfair treatment that indian people went through and endured during the early parts of the conquest to the island of Hispaniola. The spaniards were treating the indians cruel and were receiving less of their basic human rights. The author’s opinion was able to shine most throughout this account not only because of the sacrifices he made in order to make a change but how heavily he was against some of the ways of the Spaniards. He felt that the behavior of the Spaniard christians was unfair and unacceptable. He spends time being very detailed about the loss of indies people on the islands.
The most severe massacre happened when Columbus started to discover the New World, and what he and the rest of his crews did to the Natives Indian and will endlessly be remembered. In addition to that, there are negative sides of him that Christopher
According to Lienbmann (2012) natives attributed the revolt to “Satan”, credit of planning and making it happen is given to Po’pay and many of the leaders and planners of the rebellion who were ‘half-breeds’, like the mestizos and coyotes, and indios ladinos (p. 55). Because some tribes were strongly dominated by the Spanish and fear, these revolt leaders made promises of protection to the tribes and sometimes threatened and forced tribes to adhere to the rebellion. Once the had enough Native warriors to fight the Spanish, they attacked by surprise before the Spaniards had time to prepare for the attack. The Pueblo Indians who began were at north of Santa Fe, followed that same day by the others surrounding the capital. The revolt lasted over ten days.
This event was similar to slavery with the Native Americans when they were held against their will when the white men was taking over. The holocaust with the jews is an example of hatred and genocide . I believe the holocaust is one of the worst event that happen to mankind history because of the nuremberg laws,propaganda,and anti-semitism There is a lot of things the germans did to make the jews suffer.
Consequently, many Native Americans began to negatively view Europeans and many would view them as inferior. Another way the Europeans impacted the Native Americans was by forcing them into slavery. The Spanish would practically enslave Native Americans through various systems, such as the encomienda, repartimiento, and mita. Usually, the Native Americans could not handle the arduous workload and many would die as a result. Conquest and forced labor caused the native population to significantly decline.
The natives were seen as “well-built people” but did not have the education to be compared to the advanced Spaniards (2). The “Spanish tortured, maimed, raped, slaughtered, and burned” the Natives in search of gold (2). It was very common for the Spanish to be extremely harsh as they had one goal in mind witch was greed. They would torcher children, hang people, and even have dogs brutally attack them. Ferdinand and Isabella sought after power and declared themselves rulers of the natives and all that apposed were enslaved, torched, than killed.
de Ayala argued “the Indians should not be forced to labor in the mercury mines for a year. They should be allowed to rest” . In his statement, he was implicitly criticizing the Spanish rule for denying the Indians their most basic right. These unjust systems led to the extinction of many Native Americans, as they were not able to survive the unbearable conditions they were put in by Europeans. Although Spanish officials such as La Vandera claimed that deaths occurred due to compulsory labor is “quite a small number compared with the previous population of seven million and cannot satisfactory account for the decline” , his statement is subject to bias because he had the most to gain through the Indian’s labor.
In Spanish America, they were not only kicked off their land, but they were forced to be slaves with graphic punishments if they disobeyed, and forced to give up their traditions for Spanish ones. In New England, they were kicked off their land, and in events such as Bacon’s Rebellion, they were killed just because they took up land that could have been used by English settlers. Along with all this, 90% were killed off by disease because they weren’t immune to small pox and other diseases carried around by the Europeans. If European cultures where so much better than the Native Americans, why would it enslave, sicken, take over land, kill, and force one to give up ones own culture? It’s not.
When indigenous people were threatened by people in a village Columbus left behind, they attacked, killing ten people, only to lead to a retaliation that decimated their numbers (Tindall 21). As you can see, many immoral acts were committed against the indigenous peoples of the New World, from taking their lands to killing them, and even not seeing them as actual people. When talking about this situation in history, it should be spoken about as a moral question because we don’t want those same things to happen again. Thinking about the morality or immorality surrounding these events will help keep people from committing these acts again in the
The Movement of People Between 1508 and 1697, the Spanish Conquistadors took over many of the Central and South American tribes, often destroying many of the great cities that had previously housed these clans (Alchin, 2015). These Spanish either killed the natives or put them as slaves (Darlington et al, 2012). The majority of these slaves were working in the gold mines, which meant working 108 hours a week in terrible conditions (Darlington et al, 2012). Some of these slaves died from the punishments that they would receive from the Conquistadors, whereas others would die from European diseases such as smallpox (Darlington el at, 2012). This caused a requirement for new slaves.
The fighting began because of aroused suspicion. The two main religions at the time were Christian and Muslim. The two religions were suspicious of one another mainly because of the Crusades, and the persistence of the Spanish Christians that led to the recapture of Spain from Muslim control. Due to the fact that both Christians and Muslims saw disease as a way of God punishing them, the individuals of both religions accused the other of being the cause of the Black Death when it destroyed their people. As well as all this, the Jews were being tortured.
In all of Paul’s writings an array of words are expressed to describe the workings of Christ. In many of these cases thorough exegesis is necessary to understand the true content and application for daily life. One of the heaviest that has caused a large amount of debate throughout history, and one that is imbedded in the book of Galatians, is justification. Nonetheless, the means that individuals receive this form of justice is through faith, and faith alone. This faith is the factor of response to the gospel message.
This was a major contribution to the defeat of the Aztecs. Killing thousands of people, whether they themselves or the citizen from their neighboring cities, this evidently couldn’t be good for the society. By giving sacrifices to god from their own people, was rapid, causing their population to substantially decrease, on top this, the ritual led to the hatred of other surrounding people. The powerful city of Tlaxcala was one of them. Many of their own soldiers have been killed and sacrificed, this rage of anger led the Tlaxcala to join the army of the Spaniards, which ultimately created a powerful force.