5. The New Laws of 1542 and Bishop of Chiapa

  1. Lawrence A. Clayton

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444392746.ch5

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) The New Laws of 1542 and Bishop of Chiapa, in Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392746.ch5

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

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Keywords:

  • New Laws of 1542 and Bishop of Chiapa - laying the groundwork;
  • New Laws of 1542, milestones in Spain's attempt - reforming and controlling devastating consequences of conquest in the Americas;
  • Las Casas, and the laws - made central in his life;
  • The New Laws, and authorship of - the Brief History of the Destruction of the Indies;
  • “The encomienda,” according to Las Casas - “is a wild root which contaminates the entire plant ' s branches, flowers, and fruit”;
  • All encomiendas, held by royal and ecclesiastical officials - revoking, Indians placed under the authority of royal officials in the Indies;
  • famous New Laws of 1542, propelling Las Casas - to forefront of battle in controlling the Amerindians;
  • encomienda, as backbone of wealth - other forms of wealth acquisition and living;
  • Las Casas, bringing his Verapaz experiment - to fruition and success;
  • encomenderos and their supporters - bent on destroying humanity, without anyone stopping them

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Laying the groundwork

  • Bishop of Chiapa