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Bartolom de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas

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Bartolom de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas

Bartolom de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas

By: Lawrence A. Clayton

series:Viewpoints / Puntos de Vista
audio performed by: Holly Adams
genre: History - History
publication date:01/24/2017
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This is a short history of the age of exploration and the conquest of the Americas told through the experience of Bartolom de las Casas, a Dominican friar who fervently defended the American Indians, and the single most important figure of the period after Columbus.

  • Explores the period known as the Encounter, which was characterized by intensive conflict between Europeans and the people of the Americas following Columbus’s voyages
  • Argues that Las Casas, "protector of Indians", was primarily motivated by Scripture in his crusade for justice and equality for American Indians
  • Draws on the 14 volume Complete Works of Las Casas as a window into his mind and actions
  • Encourages students to understand history through the viewpoint of individuals living it.