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Bartolomé de las Casas : a biography

Author: Lawrence A Clayton
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
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"The Dominican priest Bartolomé de las Casas (1485-1566) was a prominent chronicler of the early Spanish conquest of the Americas, a noted protector of the American Indians and arguably the most significant figure in the early Spanish Empire after Christopher Columbus. Following an epiphany in 1514, Las Casas fought the Spanish control of the Indies for the rest of his life, writing vividly about the brutality of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Bartolomé de las Casas; Bartolomé de las Casas; Bartolomé de las Casas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence A Clayton
ISBN: 9781107001213 1107001218
OCLC Number: 775099428
Description: viii, 498 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Lawrence A. Clayton.

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

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