Bartolome de Las Casas

Bartolome de Las Casas. Den vermeerderden spieghel der Spaensche tierannije. Amsterdam, 1621.

Bartolome de Las Casas. Den vermeerderden spieghel der Spaensche tierannije. Amsterdam, 1621.

In 1621 the Netherlands allowed a peace treaty with former colonial masters Spain to lapse, war soon followed, and this work was used as a weapon of anti-Catholic, anti-Spanish propaganda. It was originally written by Bartolome de Las Casas (1474-1566), known as the "Apostle to the Indians."Las Casas was ordained in Hispaniola in 1512, possibly the first person in America to take holy orders. For over two decades he courageously confronted Spanish authorities over the abusive treatment of the Indians. In 1547, he returned to Spain to argue publicly for peaceful evangelisation of the Indians.

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