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Bartolomé de las Casas


"Bartolomé de las Casas O.P. (c. 1484 – 18 July 1566) was a 16th-century Spanish Dominican priest, the first resident Bishop of Chiapas. As a settler in the New World he witnessed, and was driven

to oppose, the poor treatment of the Native Americans by the Spanish colonists and advocated before King Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor on behalf of rights for the natives.

Originally having proposed to replace the slave labor of the natives with the importation of slaves from Africa, he eventually recanted this stance as well,

 and became an advocate for the Africans in the colonies."



Bartolome de las Casas started out as a missionary on Columbus's second voyage to the new World.  He became horrified as the slaughter he witness and spent the rest of his life advocating for

 the humane treatment of the indigenous people of the New World.  He was the first to suggest that they were human beings. 


Read in his own words about the atrocities he witnessed:


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