A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies
Bartolomé de Las Casas (Author) Nigel Griffin (Translator)
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DescriptionIn 1542, after years of witnessing Indian suffering and slavery--and the failure of his own attempts to create a humane settlement--Las Casas wrote "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies." A work of great passion and documentary vividness, it embodies his belief that the early evangelizing vision of Christopher Columbus (whose diaries he preserved and edited) was corrupted by later conquistadores into a genocidal colonization. Like a distant forefather of the Enlightment, he argues that the Indians should be regarded as human, and entitled to the basic rights of mankind.
November 03, 1992
5.12 X 7.79 X 0.47 inches | 0.31 pounds
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About the Author
Bartolome de las Casas was born in Seville around 1484. At the age of eighteen he left for the New World, where he participated in the conquest of Cuba and witnessed the first full-scale massacre of an Indian community. He became a priest and entered the Dominican order. He dedicated himself to the protection and defence of the Indians. Anthony Pagden teaches in the Department of History at John Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is the author of The Fall of Natural Man and Spanish Imperialism and the Political Imagination. Nigel Griffin read modern languages at Oxford and was a Fellow of New College in the 1970s. He now concentrates on writing and translating and has worked for both the UN and the World Bank.