In defense of the Indians by Las Casas and On the Cannibals by Montaigne

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Acceptance and understanding are major factors that must be met in order for people to come together. In many circumstances, it is up to the minority whom are joining the majority to adopt and change its customs and practices in order to assimilate into the majority. However, there are some circumstances in which the minority somehow becomes able to overpower majority and take control. This is the situation which occurred between the Natives and the Europeans during the 1513 conquest. The Spanish Conquest of Central and South America and the voyage to the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492 brought the Spanish crown a great amount of wealth. The native inhabitants which resided in the Americas prior to the discovery, saw what was once their home being taken away from them and being completely devoured by the Conquistas. In Defense of the Indians by Bartolome de Las Casas and On the Cannibals by Michel Eyquem , Seigneur De Montaigne are two recounts of how the Conquistas treated the native inhabitants. This purpose of this paper is to compare and contrast the realistic truths of both documents, and compare what each author had to say about how the Europeans saw the natives’ religion and who the true barbarians were. De Las Casas is a very important religious figure in the sixteenth century. He was born in Seville Spain and was closely acquainted with Christopher Columbus through de Las Casas’ father, Pedro de Las Casas (PBS, 2010). Pedro de Las Casas was one of the voyageurs during Christopher Columbus second expedition to the New World (PBS, 2010). At the age of 18 de Las Casas sailed to the Caribbean and was granted land and one hundred native labors (PBS, 2010). He later returned to Spain before travelling to Italy ... ... middle of paper ... ...lar views to on another. They both have similar reliable facts about the situations as well, they both believe that the true barbarians are the Europeans. Thus, it was up to the Europeans to submit to the way of life of the Natives, instead of critiquing them on their religion and culture and forcing the Natives to change. Works Cited Bartolomé de las Casas, In Defense of the Indians, in K.J. Atchity, The Renaissance Reader (Harper, 1996), pp. 179-182 Edelman, C. (n.d.). Michel de Montaigne (1533—1592). Retrieved March 09, 2014, from Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophers: http://www.iep.utm.edu/montaign/ Montaigne, Essais on the Cannibals, in in K.J. Atchity,The Renaissance Reader (Harper, 1996), pp. 242-246. PBS. (2010). Bartolome De Las Casas. Retrieved March 09, 2014, from PBS: http://www.pbs.org/kcet/when-worlds-collide/people/bartolome-de-las-casas.html

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