A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

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Bartolomé de Las Casas was the first and fiercest critic of Spanish colonialism in the New World. An early traveller to the Americas who sailed on one of Columbus's voyages, Las Casas was so horrified by the wholesale massacre he witnessed that he dedicated his life to protecting the Indian community. He wrote A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies in 1542, a shocking catalogue of mass slaughter, torture and slavery, which showed that the evangelizing vision of Columbus had descended under later ...

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Overview

Bartolomé de Las Casas was the first and fiercest critic of Spanish colonialism in the New World. An early traveller to the Americas who sailed on one of Columbus's voyages, Las Casas was so horrified by the wholesale massacre he witnessed that he dedicated his life to protecting the Indian community. He wrote A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies in 1542, a shocking catalogue of mass slaughter, torture and slavery, which showed that the evangelizing vision of Columbus had descended under later conquistadors into genocide. Dedicated to Philip II to alert the Castilian Crown to these atrocities and demand that the Indians be entitled to the basic rights of humankind, this passionate work of documentary vividness outraged Europe and contributed to the idea of the Spanish 'Black Legend' that would last for centuries.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140445626
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 275,792
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Bartolome de las Casas was born in Seville around 1484. At the age of eighteen he left for the New World, where he participated in the conquest of Cuba and witnessed the first full-scale massacre of an Indian community. He became a priest and entered the Dominican order. He dedicated himself to the protection and defence of the Indians. Anthony Pagden teaches in the Department of History at John Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is the author of The Fall of Natural Man and Spanish Imperialism and the Political Imagination. Nigel Griffin read modern languages at Oxford and was a Fellow of New College in the 1970s. He now concentrates on writing and translating and has worked for both the UN and the World Bank.

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Table of Contents

A Short Account of the Destruction of the IndiesAcknowledgements
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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