1. Lawrence A. Clayton

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/

Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas

Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas

How to Cite

Clayton, L. A. (2010) Introduction, in Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 31 DEC 2010

Book Series:

  1. Viewpoints/Puntos de Vista

Book Series Editors:

  1. Jürgen Buchenau

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194273

Online ISBN: 9781444392746



  • age of the exploration and conquest of the Americas - changes in interpretation;
  • seminal period in world history - of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries;
  • age of the conquest - Christopher Columbus and discoveries made by him;
  • beginnings, of European settlements - on large islands of the Caribbean;
  • continuing conquest of lands and Amerindian peoples - continents of North America and South America;
  • first chronicles or histories, as the Encounter - establishing “orthodox” or traditional views of what happened;
  • Spanish, or eurocentric perspective - and contradictory evidence;
  • legends of Spanish conquistadors - persistent, with accounts by the Spanish themselves;
  • Las Casas, defending Indians with equal hyperbole - exaggerating virtues and denouncing Spanish atrocities;
  • Las Casas and his contemporaries, heirs of another tradition - deeply imbedded into the psyche of Christian Spain