case study Bartolome de Las Casas

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In 1502 he sailed to the West Indies and was ordained a priest. Like any other Spaniard of distinction, he received an allotment of indians for labor under the encomienda system which could very much be equated to a system of slavery.

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Introduction: During the late 15th century Spain was a nation that struggled not only with the spiritual mandate to spread Christianity, but also with the desire to acquire wealth. The Spanish conquest of the Americas raised great moral problems, not only for the conquistadores, but also for the imperial government. Spain was unique in that it wrestled openly and publicly with these issues, opening an arena for discussion which scholars used to debate spanish presence and purpose in the new world. Bartolome de Las CasasThirty Very Juridical Propositions (1552)Bartolome de Las Casas: Born in 1474. Died in 1566.In 1502 he sailed to the West Indies and was ordained a priest. Like any other Spaniard of distinction, he received an allotment of indians for labor under the encomienda system which could very much be equated to a system of slavery.In a sudden conversion in 1514, he found using such labor repugnant. He grew increasingly upset over the Spanish treatment of Indians. He then devoted the rest of his life to the Indian cause, writings treatises and histories in their defense, making repeated appeals in person before the king and his counselors, consequently earning the name Protector of the IndiansHe was also a Dominican friar, and a bishop of Chiapa, GuatemalaIntroduction to the text: The Thirty Very Juridical Propositions was published in 1552. These very condensed statements represent De La Casas' views regarding Spain's jurisdiction in the New World

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