Caption Title: Cruelty of the Spanish. B. de las Casas (1613)
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Barolomé de las Casas, a key figure in the history of human rights and one of the most fascinating characters of the early modern world, wrote his famous Destruction of the Indies in 1552. The historian Patricia Seed noted Las Casas's unflagging commitment, though only after 1514, to "peaceful methods of domination" over the native peoples of the Americas (Exploration and Conquest, In A Companion to Latin American History, p. 86).
Dr. Pratt's Las Casas Wiki assignment is divided into four parts (see the actual assignment prompts below):
Parts I and II involve a close reading of the text. Parts III and IV, in addition, require research (finding and evaluating information sources), and that is where this guide comes in. Students can use the tools and techniques on these pages to...