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In the Dominican priest Antonio de Montesino represented his order in a highly public condemnation of the encomienda system that outraged the island’s entire Spanish community. In return for his participation, Las Casas was granted an encomienda —a Spanish royal land grant—and an allotment of Indian serfs.

In he began to work for the improvement of conditions among the indigenous population, especially for the abolition of their slavery and of the forced labor of the encomienda. The years that followed were ones of intellectual growth and personal frustration for Las Casas. In twenty-one missionaries sailed from Spain but only five reached the colony, and continued slaving raids provoked a native uprising that doomed the plan.

Bartolomé de Las Casas

In fact it was not published for years, finally being done so in Further conquest of the Indians In Spain: Madrid — It ceased to be a hereditary grant, and the encomenderos had to set free their Indians.

For much more on Las Casas please go to http: The other settlers opposed him vehemently, and he decided to return to Spain to press his case to King Thd of Aragon. Having been summoned to a meeting among the bishops of New Spain to be held in Mexico City on January 12,he left his diocese, never to return. This resulted in a new resolution to be presented to viceroy Mendoza.


During the next quarter century, Las Casas repeatedly suffered defeats in his efforts to defend the Americas’ native populations. The Making of New World Slavery: They did revoke some encomiendas from Spaniards, especially those who were living in Spain and not on the islands themselves; they even repossessed the encomienda of Fonseca, the Bishop of Burgos. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. In order to restabilize the political situation the encomenderos started pushing not only for the repeal of the New Laws, but for turning the encomiendas into perpetual patrimony of hiwtory encomenderos — the worst possible outcome from Las Casas’s point of view.

Despite his understanding of the natives, Las Casas used the native Hispaniolans as slave workers to farm the land his father had given him.

Retrieved July 16, But soon his uncompromisingly pro-Indian position alienated his colleagues, and in he returned to Spain. It has also been shown that some of his remarks about areas outside the scope of his observation were drawn from official reports.

Father Bartolome de las Casas

Las Casas and the commissioners traveled to Santo Domingo on separate ships, and Las Casas arrived two weeks later than the Hieronimytes. Under the New Laws, encomenderos land grantees were required to release the serfs on their land after the span of a single generation.

These congregated a group of Christian Indians in the location of what is now the town of Rabinal. Two years later Las Casas was named bishop of Chiapas in southern Mexico.


Bartolomé de las Casas

Toward a Spirituality of Solidarity”. Copyright The Columbia University Press. Las Casas was born in Seville, Spain.

Modern scholarship has supported Las Casas’s staggering toll of native deaths historyy assigns the principal responsibility to Afro-European diseases rather than Spanish cruelty.

Adviser to Charles V. Las Casas was resolved to see Prince Charles who indes in Flandersbut on his way there he passed Madrid and cassa to the regents a written account of the situation in the Indies and his proposed remedies.

Arriving in Puerto Ricoin Januaryhe received the terrible news that the Dominican convent at Chiribichi had been sacked by Indians, and that the Spaniards of the islands had launched a punitive expedition, led by Gonzalo de Ocampointo the very heart of the territory that Las Casas wanted to colonize peacefully. As a reward he received lands and Indians under the encomienda system, a kind of indentured servanthood. After his own experience as an encomendero in Cuba, he gave up colonizing to undertake the reform of a colonial system whose inhumanity disgusted him.

He participated in some campaigns of conquest on the island and left for Rome in That year, they successfully ended their campaign to conquer the Emirate of Granada in the south of the Iberian Peninsula. In he wrote a letter to Garcia ManriqueCount of Osornoprotesting again the mistreatment of lsa Indians and advocating a return to his original reform plan of