In order to best understand the descriptions of the natives given by the Bernardo de Vargas Machuca and Bartolomé de las Casas, it must first be understood who they are and the ways in which they described the Spanish, or themselves. Bartolomé de las Casas was a Dominican friar who had once owned native slaves. In his observances of Span...
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It is certain that both Bernardo de Vargas Machuca and Bartolomé de las Casas were not entirely accurate in their descriptions of the native populations of the Americas. Their descriptions were targeted generalizations made of off objective observation and hyperbole. In these generalizations Indians are described as uncivilized, but inventive and skilled musicians. Spanish are described as unjust and violent, but had the moral obligation to bring the message of God to the people of the Americas. The descriptions depict not only the native, but also provide an understanding of the Spanish and their own society. The conflicts of colonization and the person agends/ purposes of Bernardo de Vargas Machuca and Bartolomé de las Casas are reflected in their writings on the Native populations of the Americas.
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