Various texts on the treatment of native Latin American peoples Seville: En casa de Sebastian Trujillo, 1552 Mexico

Hunterian K.6.11
Hunterian K.6.11

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This volume holds seven different works by Bartolomé de las Casas, bound together.

Bartolomé de las Casas (1474-1566) was a bishop and evangelist stationed in Mexico during the colonisation of Latin American countries by Europeans, principally colonisation by the Spanish. During his time in Latin America Bartolomé became increasingly concerned about the way indigenous people were treated and wrote tracts campaigning for fairer treatment of Latin American natives.

This volume encloses seven different works published in Spain during Bartolomé’s lifetime. These works were not popular with those in seats of authority and much of his writing was gathered up and destroyed. Bartolomé de las Casas is significant for being an early campaigner against slavery and cruelty directed towards indigenous peoples.