2. Justice for All

  1. Lawrence A. Clayton

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444392746.ch2

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) Justice for All, in Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392746.ch2

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



  • justice for all;
  • Las Casas, sensing an emerging order - seriously flawed, shocked at brutality and callousness of Spaniards;
  • burning heretics and catapulting Muslim body parts - into besieged cities, a practice at home for Christian warriors during the Reconquest;
  • The Black Legend, depicted by Protestants - helped fuel anti-Spanish sentiments, among Spain's European rivals;
  • Las Casas invoking reason, natural law, positive divine law - human laws to affirm his position;
  • Las Casas, into a new dimension of life - motivated by compassion and Scripture;
  • Father Montesinos' sermon - The Dominicans, prayed, fasted, and meditated fervently;
  • conquest of the Americas, and Montesinos - stunging hearers with rhetorical questions, indicting their motives and actions;
  • Spanish campaign in Cuba - a hunt for the Taino chieftain Hatuey;
  • Father Pedro de Córdoba, the saintly, self-sacrificing Dominican - first to preach against the Conquest


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Discovering his calling

  • Father Montesinos' sermon

  • Las Casas goes to Cuba

  • To Spain

  • Meeting Ferdinand