Bartolomé de las Casas: A Biography

Autor Lawrence A. Clayton
en Limba Engleză Hardback – 29 iun 2012
After Christopher Columbus, Bartolome de las Casas is the single most important figure in the period known as the Encounter, a time of intensive conflict between Europeans and the people of the Americas following Columbus's voyages. In this book, Clayton provides a short history of the age of exploration and the conquest of the Americas told through the experience and acts of Las Casas.
Las Casas, a Dominican friar, witnessed the brutality of the Spanish explorers early in the conquest. Motivated above all by Christian scripture, he turned on the conquistadors with a passion that made him the most prominent defender and protector of the native peoples of the Americas. He led a lifelong crusade to secure justice for Amerindians within a Christian framework of justice and equality. Through Las Casas's story, Clayton explores the major events and conflicts of the period, including the relationship between colonizers and colonized and the burgeoning trade in African slaves.
The book allows readers to enter the world of the Encounter through the eyes of an individual who not only lived through the period, but was crucial in forming it. In doing so, it provides a foundation for understanding the early days of Spanish exploration, settlement, and conquest, a period which set the stage for the creation of the modern civilization of the Americas.
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ISBN-13: 9781107001213
ISBN-10: 1107001218
Pagini: 504
Ilustrații: 10 b/w illus. 8 maps
Dimensiuni: 159 x 236 x 32 mm
Greutate: 0.82 kg
Editura: Cambridge University Press
Colecția Cambridge University Press
Locul publicării:New York, United States


1. Seville and early modern Spain; 2. To the Indies; 3. The genesis of the Black Legend; 4. Conversion; 5. Protector of the Indians; 6. 'Micer' Las Casas at court looking for good Spanish peasants; 7. Las Casas, the political animal; 8. Catastrophe in Tierra Firme and the 'long sleep' in Puerto Plata; 9. Coming out to battle; 10. The new laws; 11. Bishop of Chiapas; 12. The great debate; 13. Court activist and historian; 14. The final fights.


'Finally las Casas has a biographer able to bring to life in intimate detail the career of the Dominican friar who was named 'Protector of the Indians'. A key figure in the struggle for human justice, las Casas dedicated his life to fighting against the abuses of the Amerindians by the Spanish. Clayton's landmark book, based on careful reading of thousands of pages of las Casas' writings, as well as writings by his enemies and supporters, provides the reader with a feeling for the real man, not just the myth. Beautifully written, it will become the new standard work on las Casas.' Noble David Cook, Florida International University
'Clayton is the first Latin Americanist scholar in half a century to construct a full-length biography of las Casas. The result is a masterful achievement. This erudite, balanced, and readable history of the life and times of the legendary Dominican is likely to be the gold standard for the next half century.' Matthew Restall, coauthor of Latin America in Colonial Times
'… magisterial … Clayton offers an appreciative, and balanced portrait.' Thomas W. Jodziewics, Catholic Southwest

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This is the first major English-language and scholarly biography of Bartolomé de las Casas' life in a generation.