This is a short history of the age of exploration and the conquest of the Americas told through the experience of Bartolom de las Casas, a Dominican friar who fervently defended the American Indians, and the single most important figure of the period after Columbus.
- Explores the period known as the Encounter, which was characterized by intensive conflict between Europeans and the people of the Americas following Columbus’s voyages
- Argues that Las Casas, "protector of Indians", was primarily motivated by Scripture in his crusade for justice and equality for American Indians
- Draws on the 14 volume Complete Works of Las Casas as a window into his mind and actions
- Encourages students to understand history through the viewpoint of individuals living it.
Cosa pensano gli ascoltatori di Bartolome de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas
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Rare biography and relevant history
This biography of de las Casas fills a necessary gap, as it is provides a coherent narrative about his extraordinary career as an advocate for the indigenous people of the Americas, as a courageous crusader against their exploitation, and a witness and chronicler of his era.
I wish though the last chapter of this audio book — a bibliographic essay — would have been included as a pdf.