The Conquest and Christianity

Doug Smith does a wonderful job of giving us a bit of history on the great Indian advocate Bartholomew de las Casas. I find the text (Eccl:34) de las Casas chose for his birthday text appropriate in a modern context when mineral extraction has become a central issue of hurt upon indigenous world tribes.


  1. Hi, Dave, Thanks for posting this. I grew up in Cuba and much of this was in our history textbooks but there is a lot more detail in this article. We left just after my 15th birthday. Maria Enríquez Lindsey


    1. Certainly a difference between public schools in the States and elsewhere in the world. My time in high school was in the midst of the Red Power Movement and at what today would be called a liberal high school. There I was encouraged and able to take classes on indigenous people and their history. But, that did not come close to including such stories as this…and other root causes to subjugation practices. Be Well, Maria


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