But when they saw their want of arms, their feebleness, their nakedness, and that they were utterly unskillful in the management of horses, that they might have some way of prevailing upon their enemies, it came in their minds to dig certain ditches in the ways, that so the horses as they went along might fall into them: at the bottom of these pits they had driven in stakes sharpened at the top, and they had covered them over with clods of earth that they might not be discovered; twice or thrice the Spaniards fell into these ditches, but afterwards by their care they easily avoided them. De Las Casas goes through only a handful of the different accounts of genocide, but sufficient to prove his point. Feed the stock of the slaughter, whose possessors slay them and hold themselves not guilty, and they that sell them say, Blessed be the Lord, for I am rich. Among which there was none that they used more then dancing and reveling, which they performed all night long in the streets. Afterwards the Spaniards having recollected more forces, there followed that great contention in the City, wherein they committed so many several butcheries upon the Indians, by killing and burning both the Commonalty and the Nobility in a most barbarous manner. Whereupon the Indians desisted from doing any thing more until he had entered into the City.
In this Country at that time Canabao did reign, who for power, dignity, gravity, and the ceremonies which were used towards him, far exceeded the rest. Be certain that, in such a state as this, you can no more be saved than the Moors or Turks. In the mean while all the Nobility and commonalty of the City minded nothing else but to exhilarate the mind of their captive King with several varieties of sports and recreations. And the Christians, with their horses and swords and pikes began to carry out massacres and strange cruelties against them. This Death they found out also for the Lords and Nobles of the Land; they stuck up forked sticks in the ground, and then laid certain perches upon them, and so laying them upon those perches, they put a gentle fire under, causing the fire to melt them away by degrees, to their unspeakable torment. One of many purposes of his travels was to continue to protest Spanish colonial mistreatment of Indians. When the religious persons, who had promised to the Indians that their King should return within four months, saw that he did not come in eight months, they prepared themselves for death, and to give up their lives to Christ to whom they had offer'd them before their departure out of Hispaniola; and so the innocent Indians reveng'd themselves upon the innocent Friars.
They sent therefore to the supreme Lord of the City, as also to all the other Lords and Governors, that they should give them a meeting, but they were no sooner come to parley, but they were all immediately laid hold on, leaving none to carry back these bad tidings to the rest; first they demanded of them six thousand Indians, to carry the Luggage which they had with them, which when they were brought together they shut up in their houses. He divided and separated families, taking women from their husbands, daughters from their parents, which he gave to the Seamen and Soldiers. They sold them also against all justice; only because Lucayans were most skillful swimmers. This is a wellknown and proven fact which even the tyrant Governors, themselves killers, know and admit. Ledger accounts categorize these changes or debits and credits into specific accounts, so management can have useful information for budgeting and performance purposes.
There was no respect for the Natives, even though they were described as peaceful, passive, kind, and as overall decent human beings. بعد قراءة ثلاثية منير العكش، أجد أن ما كتبه المطران بارتولومي حول تلك الإبادة والتصفية هو أمر معلوم بالضرورة، إلا أن لهذا الكتاب وضع خاص فهو من قلب الحدث من يد أحد أولئك الذين كانوا عينا شاهدة على تلك الفظائع البشرية التي يتألم القلب منها عند القراءة فكيف من كان معايشا لها. Whereupon they fall upon them as Wolves or Lyons fall upon a stock of sheep, till they were wearied with murdering; but they had no sooner taken breath, but he commanded them again to renew their fury, and caus'd them to precipitate the rest which were remaining from the top of the Rock which was very high and steep. While much of what Bartolome de las Casas said is undoubtedly true, not all historians take A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies as the gospel truth. لو أن الصليبيون نجحوا فى احتلال مصر والشام كما فعلوا فى الاندلس لما رأينا انساناً واحداً يتحدث بالعربية هذه الأيام.
And therefore they made a Law among themselves, that all the Indians which they took, of what ever sex or degree, should be thrown into those pits which they had made: Into these pits they threw women big with childe, and all the aged persons that they could light upon, till the pit was full. I faint, kill me, and put an end to my days: this they sigh forth, scarcely able to draw out their words, the certain signs of an inward anguish and deep distress; but who can comprehend in words the hundredth part of these calamities and afflictions wherewith the Spaniards do torment the poor Indians; God of his mercy bring them to the knowledge of those who are able to remedy and prevent them for the future. I do believe that these were they that in the year thirty four were solicited by the Indians to come into their Country, and to preach to them the knowledge of the true God. The book became an important element in the creation and propagation of the so-called Black Legend — the tradition of describing the Spanish empire as exceptionally morally corrupt and violent. Additionally, he mentions, in his writing, about the five kingdoms that once upon a time existed there, and how they been treated by Christian peoples and their kings. The account acts as not only an observation on the practices of the colonizers, but is also a reflection of the imperial policies of the Spanish Empire. Consider whether this hard usage of the poor creatures be consistent which the precepts with God commands concerning charity to our neighbor, by those that cast them so undeservedly into the dangers of a cruel death, causing them to perish without any remorse or pity, or allowing them the benefit of the Sacraments, or the knowledge of Religion; it being impossible for them to live any time under the water; and this death is so much the more painful, by reason that by the coarctation of the breast, while the lungs strive to do their office, the vital parts are so afflicted that they dye vomiting the blood out of their mouths.
This block will remain in place until legal guidance changes. It was the custom of this Tyrant, when he made war upon any Town or Country, to carry along with him as many as he could of the subdued Indians, compelling them to make war upon their Countrymen, and when he had ten or twenty thousand men in his service, because he could not give them provision, he permitted them to eat the flesh of those Indians that they had taken in war: for which cause he had a kind of shambles in his Army for the ordering and dressing of mans flesh, suffering Children to be killed and boiled in his presence. The soldiers actually used this hospitality as an advantage to pillage the cities and villages since they were faced with less opposition. And as for the poor Captives they served them with so much zeal and affection, that they could require nothing more then adoration it self. De Las Casas' A Short Account, revealed the ways 16th century scholars used rhetoric to lobby for changes during the Spanish colonization of the Americas.
They are innocent and pure in mind and have a lively intelligence, all of which makes them particularly receptive to learning and understanding the truths of our Catholic faith and to being instructed in virtue; indeed, God has invested them with fewer impediments in this regard than any other people on earth. Yet in the eyes of the Spaniards, the same people were seen as barbarians and savages. When the Spanish first journeyed there, the indigenous population of the island of Hispaniola stood at some three million; today only two hundred survive. I gave it you, and more then you requir'd; yet if it be your will that I must dye, send to your King of Spain: But ere he could utter more, the flames prevented him. Sepúlveda countered that they were less than human and required Spanish masters in order to become civilized.
And thus far I have related the very words of this religious person, confirm'd by the Bishop of Mexico, before whom he justified all that is here written. There perished also many of the Inhabitants of other Provinces in this place. All his ships he filled with Indians, where they died for hunger and for thirst. In fact, Las Casas was instrumental in getting the Dominicans temporarily thrown out of Hispaniola. A Short Account was one of the most influential sources used to attempt to improve colonial conditions for the indigenous people.
ويسرد الراهب برتولومي دي لاس كازاس الذي كان حاضرا لهذه الفتوحات تفاصيل الجرائم الشنيعة التي أرتكبت في حق الهنود الحمر في قارتي أمريكا من قِبل الإسبان، تحت شعار الفتوحات الصليبية والدعوة للدين المسيحي، وكان الأمر عاديا بالنسبة لي إلّا أن الموضوع زاد عن حدّه عندما وصلوا لـ جزيرة كوبا، هنا رفعت راية الإستسلام، مستغربة في قرارة نفسي عن نوعية أولئك الذين يقومون بهذه المجازر الوحشية أهم بشر أم بهائم أم وحوش أم ماذا؟. Such a voice is that of de Las Casas. All these islands, which together must run to over two thousand leagues, are now abandoned and desolate. This book which requires less than an evening to read delivers a great deal to anyone interested in history. This Governor went further, having a great desire to see the lower parts of Peru; for which journey he provided an infinite number of Indians, lading them with chains and heavy burdens; and if any of them fainted by the way, because they would not stand to loosen the chains, they cut off their hands and heads, casting the head one way, and the body another, and their burdens were divided and impos'd upon others. For every foot there came five or six ships which returned full of Indians into the Regions of Panama and Peru, where they were sold, and ended their days in captivity. They were also forc'd to carry the Spaniards up and down in their Hamechs, using them in manner of beasts to carry their burdens and the necessaries of their journeys.
Most of them go naked, save for a loincloth to cover their modesty; at best they may wrap themselves in a piece of cotton material a yard or two square. A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies published in 1552 by the Spanish Dominican priest Bartolome de las Casas, lays bare the Spanish cruelties in America. Of the coast of the mainland, which, at its nearest point, is a little over two hundred and fifty leagues from Hispaniola, more than ten thousand leagues had been explored by 1541, and more are being discovered every day. November 1484 — 18 July 1566 , was a 16th-century Spanish historian, social reformer and Dominican friar. And when certain of the Indians, who escaped this furious massacre fled into an Island distant from them about some eight miles, they were by the Governor condemned to perpetual servitude.