Bartolome de las Casas

“The pattern established at the outset has remained to this day, and the Spaniards still do nothing save tear the natives to shreds, murder them and inflict upon them untold misery, suffering and distress, tormenting, harrying and persecuting them mercilessly.” According to Las Casas, atrocities continued unabated in the Americas, even half a century after the discovery.

“”The pattern established at the outset has remained to this day, and the Spaniards still do nothing save tear the natives to shreds, murder them … Read More

The Christians seized all the maize the locals of Nicaragua had grown for themselves and their own families and, as a consequence, some twenty or thirty thousand natives died of hunger, some mothers even killing their own children and eating them.

“The Christians seized all the maize the locals of Nicaragua had grown for themselves and their own families and, as a consequence, some twenty or … Read More

The one and only method of teaching men the true religion was established by Divine Providence for the whole world, and for all times: that is, by persuading the understanding through reasons, and by gently attracting or exhorting the will.

“The one and only method of teaching men the true religion was established by Divine Providence for the whole world, and for all times: that … Read More

Later, a large band of Christians mounted an attack on this native lord, butchering him along with vast numbers of his people and taking all the survivors into slavery, where they duly perished, so that today not a trace remains of what was previously a community with dominion over an area of some thirty leagues.

“Later, a large band of Christians mounted an attack on this native lord, butchering him along with vast numbers of his people and taking all … Read More

The reader may ask himself if this is not cruelty and injustice of a kind so terrible that it beggars the imagination, and whether these poor people would not fare far better if they were entrusted to the devils in Hell than they do at the hands of the devils of the New World who masquerade as Christians.

“The reader may ask himself if this is not cruelty and injustice of a kind so terrible that it beggars the imagination, and whether these … Read More

It clearly appears that there are no races in the world, however rude, uncultivated, barbarous, gross, or almost brutal they may be, who cannot be persuaded and brought to a good order and way of life, and made domestic, mild and tractable, provided . . . the method that is proper and natural to men is used; that is, love and gentleness and kindness.

“It clearly appears that there are no races in the world, however rude, uncultivated, barbarous, gross, or almost brutal they may be, who cannot be … Read More