Bartolome de las Casas

A six page paper which looks at the involvement of the Spanish historian and theologian Bartolome de las Casas in the Spanish colonisation of the Americas. The writer described las Casas’ background and the way in which firstly acquiesced in the colonists’ management of the new settlements, but later criticised the Spanish authorities’ rule and took up the fight for the rights of the native Indian population. The way in which his best-known work, The Devastation of the Indies, could be construed either as an accurate representation of atrocities or as anti-Spanish propaganda is also considered. Bibliography lists 5 sources.