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Short Account Of The Destruction Of The Indies, A : Penguin Classics - Bartolome Las Casas

Short Account Of The Destruction Of The Indies, A

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Bartolome de Las Casas was the first and fiercest critic of Spanish colonialism in the New World. An early traveller to the Americas who sailed on one of Columbus's voyages, Las Casas was so horrified by the wholesale massacre he witnessed that he dedicated his life to protecting the native community. He wrote A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies in 1542, a shocking catalogue of mass slaughter, torture and slavery, which showed that the evangelising vision of Columbus had descended under later conquistadors into genocide. Dedicated to Philip II to alert the Castilian Crown to these atrocities and demand that the Indians be entitled to the basic rights of humankind, this passionate work of documentary vividness outraged Europe and contributed to the idea of the Spanish 'Black Legend' that would last for centuries.

Nigel Griffin's translation conveys the compelling immediacy of Las Casa's writing. This edition also contains an introduction discussing his life, work and political legacy.

Acknowledgements
Map of America (1540)
Introduction
A Note on Editions and on this Translation
Synopsisp. 3
Prologuep. 5
Prefacep. 9
Hispaniolap. 14
The Kingdoms of Hispaniolap. 18
The Islands of Puerto Rico and Jamaicap. 26
Cubap. 27
The Mainlandp. 31
The Province of Nicaraguap. 37
New Spainp. 42
New Spain [continued]p. 45
The Province and Kingdom of Guatemalap. 57
New Spain, Panuco and Jaliscop. 65
The Kingdom of Yucatanp. 71
The Province of Santa Martap. 80
The Province of Cartagenap. 85
The Pearl Coast, Paria and Trinidadp. 86
The River Yuyaparip. 95
The Kingdom of Venezuelap. 96
The Mainland in the Region Known as Floridap. 102
The River Platep. 105
The Great Kingdoms and Provinces of Perup. 107
The Kingdom of New Granadap. 116
Conclusionp. 127
Indexp. 131
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ISBN: 9780140445626
ISBN-10: 0140445625
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 3rd November 1992
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1