Bartolome De Las Casas

By Valentino Yang

What were Bartolome De Las Casas' thoughts of how the Indians were treated in the New World?

Finding: Bartolome thought that the Indians were being mistreated and wrote many influential works to try and help them

How he contributed

  • Bartolome wrote A short account of the destruction of the Indies which described how the Spaniard mistreated the Indians and turned them into slaves.
  • Bartolome later became a great influence throughout Europe by translating his work in other languages.
  • He personally went to the Spanish Parliament to try and convince the King Charles I to accept his project of founding the “towns of free Indians”, but obtained no results.
  • His masterpiece Historia de las Indias was published after his death and explained all the thing that happened in the Indies
  • Source: Encyclopedia Britannica: Bartolomé de Las Casas

Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies

  • When Bartolome first saw Indians he felt they were a peaceful and innocent civilization
  • Bartolome explains that the Spaniard's only goal was to obtain gold
  • Many of the towns that the Spanish had colonized were deserted
  • Source: Swarthmore: Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies