Opening Chapter of American Missionary History; Life of Bartholomew de Las Casas, of the Order of St. Dominic, Protector-General of the Indians and First Bishop of Chiapa in Mexico

Opening Chapter of American Missionary History; Life of Bartholomew de Las Casas, of the Order of St. Dominic, Protector-General of the Indians and First Bishop of Chiapa in Mexico

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...presented to him which he could, in conscience, subscribe; and he thought it better to do so than to expose himself to the danger of not succeeding at the court of Spain. In 1521 he signed a treaty which provided that a company should be organized of which any person then living in San Domingo might become a member. The same vessels that had conveyed Ocampo to the coast of Cumana together with one hundred and twentyeight good troops to protect his infant colony, were also placed at his disposal. The little fleet set sail from San Domingo in July, and steered for Porto Rico, where Las Casas had left his laborers, but where none of them were now to be found. Some were dead, and others, satisfied to remain in Porto Rico could not be induced to travel any further. This was a grievous loss to him, inasmnch as he had borne all the expense of bringing these people together, as well as the expense of their voyage, and had suffered much anxiety and fatigue on their account. But his troubles did not terminate here. Having arrived at New Toledo, he there found the inhabitants so disheartened at the prospect of being obliged continually to carry on war with the natives, that they only awaited a favorable opportunity to abandon the settlement forever. This opportunity was offered by the arrival of Las Casas with his ships; he could not prevail upon them to engage in his project, and they all embarked for San Domingo, accompanied also by the troops who followed their example. Any other man would probably have abandoned an enterprise against which so many obstacles seemed to conspire, but we have already had signal proofs of that indomitable perseverance which did not now desert him. By the aid of an Indian convert, named Mary, he communicated to the natives...show more

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  • English
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  • 9781236539687