A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

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In 1542, after years of witnessing Indian suffering and slavery, Bartolome de Las Casas wrote this indictment against European exploitation and mistreatment of the native peoples of the New World. The document was dedicated to Prince Philip of Spain and appeared in published form in 1552. It carries all the urgency of a moment in history when it still seemed possible to reverse the tide.
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Overview

In 1542, after years of witnessing Indian suffering and slavery, Bartolome de Las Casas wrote this indictment against European exploitation and mistreatment of the native peoples of the New World. The document was dedicated to Prince Philip of Spain and appeared in published form in 1552. It carries all the urgency of a moment in history when it still seemed possible to reverse the tide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140445626
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 301,969
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.85 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Bartolomé de las Casas, (1484-1566), was a 16th-century Spanish Dominican priest, writer and the first resident Bishop of Chiapas. As a settler in the New World he witnessed, and was driven to oppose, the torture and genocide of the Native Americans by the Spanish colonists and pushed for rights of the natives appealing to the imperial court of Charles V. His stance for African slaves' rights was later than the one for native slavery.
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Table of Contents

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies Acknowledgements
Map of America (1540)
Introduction
A Note on Editions and on this Translation

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
Synopis
Prologue
(Preface)
Hispaniola
The Kingdoms of Hispaniola
The Islands of Puerto Rico and Jamaica
Cuba
The Mainland
The Province of Nicaragua
New Spain
New Spain (continued)
The Province and Kingdom of Guatemala
New Spain, Pánuco and Jalisco
The Kingdom of Yucatán
The Province of Santa Marta
The Province of Cartagena
The Pearl Coast, Paria and Trinidad
The River Yuyapari
The Kingdom of Venezuela
The Mainland in the Region Known as Florida
The River Plate
The Great Kingdoms and Provinces of Peru
The Kingdom of New Granada
(Conclusion)

Index

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  • Posted August 30, 2009

    Lets Review. For Twenty Chapters.

    I had to read this book for school. I was forced to listen to the writer tell, and RE-tell multiple times about the torture against innocent people.

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