6. “All Mankind is One”

On the Nature of Humans, Servitude, and Slavery

  1. Lawrence A. Clayton

Published Online: 21 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444392746.ch6

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) “All Mankind is One”, in Bartolomé de las Casas and the Conquest of the Americas, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444392746.ch6

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:

  • “All Mankind is One” - nature of humans, servitude and slavery;
  • Las Casas, intention of resigning - his bishopric of Chiapa;
  • rules for confession and absolution - and havoc in Chiapa;
  • encomenderos throughout the Indies - the encomiendas perpetual, handed down from father to son;
  • battles, waged between detractors and defenders of Amerindians in Spain - till mid-century;
  • Sepúlveda, extolling virtues - of the Spanish civilization;
  • human sacrifice and Las Casas's admission - that Indians were “in probable error” in this area;
  • Bartolomédelas Casas and the African slave trade;
  • Portuguese slave trade, taking advantage of a domestic slave system - in West Africa;
  • legitimacy of slavery, as an institution - hardly questioned during Las Casas's lifetime and questions of a just war

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Bartolomé de las Casas and the African slave trade