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A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies- Book plus 2CD Set

 
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A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies," published in 1552 by the
Spanish Dominican priest Bartolomé de las Casas, lays bare the Spanish
cruelties in America. Though generally condemned as slander in Spain, "A Short
Account of the Destruction of the Indies" rapidly became popular in the rest of
Europe, where it served to fuel anti-Spanish hate. Spain's enemies used it to
depict Spaniards as evil tyrants and to rationalize carving out their own
empires in the Americas. New editions of "A Short Account of the Destruction of
the Indies" appeared repeatedly, even as late as 1898, during the
Spanish-American War. While much of what Bartolomé de las Casas said is
undoubtedly true, not all historians take "A Short Account of the Destruction of
the Indies" as the gospel truth. Though sometimes exaggerated, Las Casas'
account sheds valuable light on the "Spanish Black Legend." Bartolome de las
Casas, who was struck by the inhumane ways in which the native peoples were
treated by the European explorers and conquerors, went on to be a leading
opponent of slavery, torture, and genocide of the Native Americans by the
Spanish colonists. "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies" includes
chapters covering Spanish treatment of Native Americans in Cuba, Nicaragua,
Hispaniola, Guatemala, Venezuela, Florida, and many other areas conquered by the
Spaniards. Though short (as the name implies), "A Short Account of the
Destruction of the Indies" reveals a dark but important episode in the history
of Spain and America.

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