3. Social Experiments

The Hieronymite Mission and the Universal Protector of All the Indians

  1. Lawrence A. Clayton

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444392746.ch3

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) Social Experiments, in Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392746.ch3

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



  • social experiments, Hieronymite Mission - universal protector of all Indians;
  • order of the Hieronymites - Las Casas, and his return to the Indies;
  • Las Casas, accompanying the Hieronymite mission - reforming the Indies, on “liberty and good treatment and health of souls and bodies of the Indians”;
  • Montesinos, trained as a cleric and scholar - Las Casas, defending Indians with vigor;
  • Las Casas, writing of the Scripture - sought God's will;
  • Council of State, studying Las Casas's preliminary proposals;
  • Las Casas, vacillating between two major alternatives - incorporating “good influence” plan with an “exclusion” plan;
  • eternal lives of Indians, lost by actions of Spaniards - Las Casas, harangued by reluctant listeners;
  • Pedro Arias Dávila's expedition - better known as Pedrarias;
  • Pope Adrian VI, 1522–523 - Las Casas's ally for years when Adrian helped rule Castile