Bartolomé de las Casas was the first priest ordained in America. He then lived in Cuba and obtained great wealth. In 1514, he returned to Spain and renounced all his property. After his experience in America, he promulgated a new model of evangelization and became a fervent defender of Indian rights, which provoked the enmity of bishops, governors, and members of the powerful and influential Council of the Indies. In 1520 he traveled to Venezuela to implement his plans for a peaceful settlement, and years later preached in the land of Nicaragua and Guatemala. He was one of the foremost proponents of the New Laws (1542) and wrote Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias, a play directed at Prince Philip, future King Philip II of Spain, who by then was in charge of Indian affairs.