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They left these Countries very much troubled and confused, having incurred no small infamy by reason of the Crimes which they committed, though they were not many: Hence they took away about fifty or sixty thousand Crowns.

After the first Captain, of whom we spake before, had put an end to the destruction of Panucon; and that there came news to him that the Kings Council was coming into these parts, he went further into the Country, that he might exercise his cruelties with more liberty, and caused dedtruction or thd thousand of the Indians to follow and carry the burdens of the Spaniards, of whom scarce two hundred returned alive, the rest being all destroyed; at length they came to destduction Province of Machuaca which is distant above forty miles from Mexico, and is nothing at all inferior to the other either for plenty of provision, or number of people; the king coming to meet him with all show of respect and honor, they put in prison because he was reported to be very rich: Martha, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and St.

So many, and so many several regions bartolomf so utterly depopulated, that they hardly left a Messenger bartoloje these sad tidings, but those which hiding themselves in the Caverns and Bowels of the Earth escaped the thirst of their enraged swords.

The Friars, although they had little to say, yet they made a shift to pacific their mind, and immediately went to the Spaniards declaring to them the evil which they had thee, humbly beseeching them to depart. There is no language, no art or humane science, that can avail to recite the abominable crimes and bloody actions committed by these enemies not only of Commonwealths, but of all humane societies; neither can any diligence, or time of writing sufficiently aggravate the circumstances of these detestable deeds.

At lax there came a Franciscan Friar who freed him from his torments, but not from death, which immediately ensued. He urged peaceful, not forced military conversion of the Indians to the “true faith.

The Indians beholding this unheard of cruelty and injustice committed upon such a number of innocent souls, having with long patience endured the captivity of their King, who had charg’d them to be quiet, now ran all to their arms, and falling upon the Spaniards, wounded many, the rest narrowly escaping: Why have you told us so many untruths, promising so faithfully to us that the Spaniards should not come into our Country?

For the Spaniards while they were among them did not only entertain them with cruel beating them with their fists, and with their slaves, but presumed also to lay violent hands upon ibdies Rulers and Magistrates of their Cities: This allowed them to get the gold, jewels, and slaves that they so desired quicker and with greater ease. Since the Spaniards horded most of the gold that they stole from the native villages and gave only a tiny fraction to the Spanish royal treasury, it was a higher priority for the Spanish nobles to recover the stolen gold and to prosecute the soldiers.


The religious persons had not been there above forty days, when they began to bring in all their Idols, and to commit them to the fire; and afterwards indiex brought their children, whom they loved inries dearly as the apples of their eyes, to the religious persons to be instructed.

It was written for Charles I of Spain. Notwithstanding in former time for number of people, it was the most flourishing place in the whole world. And ed thus to others in other places, inides fell a dismal fear and amazement upon the whole Country. View the Study Pack.

This is also reported that while the Spaniards were busily acting this bloody Tragedy, killing and destroying above six thousand innocent creatures, their chief Captain in sport sung these verses: The rest of his Nobles ended their lives in that servitude and slavery which shall be hereafter related.

Here they put to the sword an infinite number of people, with many additions of cruelty.

These are the deeds of the Spaniards, who most often, out of a desire of heaping up gold, did fell and do yet fell, did deny and do yet deny Christ their Redeemer. He is buried in Madrid, Spain.

Las Casas, “Destruction of the Indies”

The Cities they burnt to the ground; Their Princes, having first tormented them, they carried away captive, binding them in chains. John where the sold half, and from thence also to the Island of Hispaniola, where they sold the rest.

The chief Lord of the Province they took captive, putting him to several torments to squeeze his Gold from him; but he escaping fled to the Mountains, and thereupon his Subjects that lay hid among the Woods and Bushes began to raise a tumult; The Spaniards followed destroying abundance of the people; and as for those who were taken alive, they were publicly sold for slaves.

The religious persons being arriv’d were received as Angels from heaven, ear being giv’n to their words with all attention, alacrity and affection, that they were able at that time, for they were ignorant of our language; it happened afterwards when the religious persons were gone, that there came a band of Soldiers, who according to their customs of fraud and impiety, carried away captive the Prince of the Province, who either because that name was given him by the Religious persons, or by the other Spaniards was call’d Alfonsus; for they delight to be called by the names of the Christians, and therefore before they are informed of any thing else they desire to be baptized.

Afterwards they divide them like sheep, separating sons from fathers, wives from their husbands; and then making up a company of ten or twenty, those that set out the ships, and fitted them with necessaries, presently cast lots for their shares. And thus part being sold into the Countries of Peru, and part destroyed by the sword, they made a wilderness of one of the most happy and populous Countries of those parts, stretching out in length and breadth above a hundred miles.

A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

In many Provinces, and indeed in most Provinces where they came before the captivity of the chief Lord, they were still welcom’d by caszs Indians with Songs and Dances and great Presents of Gold; though the thanks which they gave them was always with the points of their swords, still recompensing them with Massacres.

Among all the notorious enormities committed by the foresaid Governor, there is one not to be omitted: All which Islands, though they amount to such a number containing in length of ground the space of above Two thousand miles, lie now altogether solitary without any people or Inhabitant.


This tthe his employment, from the year View a FREE sample. The word being thus given, the Soldiers all fell on, and with their swords began to hack and hew those delicate bodies, spilling that generous and noble blood ed such an unheard of malice, that they left not one alive. He returned to the Indies where, inhe became the first priest ordained in the New World.

Moreover he destroyed not a few by compelling them to carry ships from one shore to another, causing them to bear great vessels, together with their Anchors of an extraordinary weight from the North sea to the South, being distant one from the other a hundred and thirty miles. Are you not bound to love them as you love yourselves?

It was a sad spectacle to cadas this poor people indjes themselves to carry those burdens.

“A Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies,” by Bartolome de Las Casas

They had also received commands to visit the Kingdoms of Naco, Honduras, and Guaimara looking toward the north, and being distant from Mexico above three hundred miles; the one was sent by land, the other by sea, being both of them well furnished with men and ammunition for Horse and Foot.

While the Spaniards were hunting after the Indians with their dogs, they met with an Indian Women, who being sick and seeing that she was not able to escape them, taking a rope hang’d her self, hanging also her childe of a year old about her waste by the feet; but the dogs immediately fell upon the childe, only he was baptized by a religious person before he died.

The children they would take by the feet and dash their innocent heads against the rocks, and when they were fallen into the water, with a strange and cruel derision they would call upon them to swim. Dominick consulted about sending some of their Order to this Island, to spread the light of the Gospel among the Indians, for the salvation of their souls; Whereupon they sent a Licentiate, famous for his sanctity with a lay man, to accompany him, to visit the Country, converse with the Inhabitants, and to seek out fit places for the building of Monasteries.

Let these actions be well considered, and whether the Indians so taken may be justly enslaved or no. Infinite of other things they did, taking captive these poor people against all faith given. When the religious persons, who had promised to the Indians that their King should return within four months, saw that he did not come in eight months, they prepared themselves for death, and to give up their lives to Christ to whom they had offer’d them before their departure out of Hispaniola; and so the innocent Indians reveng’d themselves upon the innocent Friars.

De Las Casas is also noted as one of the first writers and thinkers to racialize the indigenous people of the Americas. History of Political Thought.

It is three hundred miles in compass. He was a sad sight to behold women with child gor’d through the body with these stakes; while others that lay uppermost were killed with swords and lances; those that would not in were cast to their dogs.