Las Casas Short Account Of The Destruction Of The Essay

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Las Casas Short Account Of The Destruction Of The Indies

Bartolome' De Las Casas stated that "those who have traveled to this part of the world
pretending to be Christians have uprooted these pitiful peoples and wiped them from the
face of the earth (Las Casas, 12). After reading the horrific accounts of what has
occurred to those "unassuming, long suffering, unassertive and submissive" peoples of the
Indies that "are with out without malice or guile, and are utterly faithful and obedient
both to their own native lords and to the Spainards in whose service they now find
themselves" (Las Casas, 10). As a god-fearing man of the priesthood, I utterly deplore the
use of my Christian faith as a ruse of the Spaniards in the Indies to justify their agenda
of greed and destruction.

It is my personal inclination that the text I have just read finds it's way into the hands
of all the peoples of Spain, in hopes that they to agree that our men in the Indies to
have "lost all fear of God, all love of their sovereign and all sense of self-respect"
(42). In belief that with their support our Prince Phillip will find a means to regulate
the activities in the Americas and put an end to the hardships of her natives and possibly
unearth a way to avenge the use of his good name, country and faith for such a merciless
show of power. As for those Conquistadors who possess sin filled hearts and who have taken
so many innocent lives, they must "wait until the Day of Judgment when all shall be made
clear and God will come to punish the wickedness and atrocious behaviour towards the
inhabitants of the New World of men masquerading as Christians" (Las Casas, 90).
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