An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies

An Account, Much Abbreviated, of the Destruction of the Indies : And Related Texts

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Fifty years after the arrival of Columbus, at the height of Spain's conquest of the West Indies, Spanish bishop and colonist Bartolome de Las Casas dedicated his Brevisima Relacion de la Destruicion de las Indias to Philip II of Spain. An impassioned plea on behalf of the native peoples of the West Indies, the Brevisima Relacion catalogues in horrific detail atrocities it attributes to the king's colonists in the New World. The result is a withering indictment of the conquerors that has cast a 500-year shadow over the subsequent history of that world and the European colonization of it.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 19.05mm | 341g
  • Cambridge, MA, United States
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0872206262
  • 9780872206267
  • 2,134,556

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This is by far the best modern edition of the classic account of Las Casas. An excellent Introduction provides the background of the friar and the debates he engendered. Of equal value are the appendices with the royal legislation for protection of the conquered Amerindians, that are the true legacy of his polemical treatises. Excerpts from eyewitnesses of the conquest of Mexico provide students with food for thought and discussion. This is an excellent classroom edition that should be widely used." --Noble David Cook, author of Born to Die: Disease and New World Conquest, 1492-1650
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