This article is historia de las indias las casas pdf the Dominican friar. I am the voice of Christ in the desert of this island.
Dominican community at Santo Dominigo, Montesinos preached against the enslavement and harsh treatment of the Indigenous peoples of the Island. Spain started to colonize it. Listing the injustices that the indigenous people were suffering at the hands of the Spanish colonists, Montesinos proclaimed that the Spanish on the island “are all in mortal sin and live and die in it, because of the cruelty and tyranny they practice among these innocent peoples. Tell me by what right of justice do you hold these Indians in such a cruel and horrible servitude? On what authority have you waged such detestable wars against these people who dealt quietly and peacefully on their own lands? Wars in which you have destroyed such an infinite number of them by homicides and slaughters never heard of before.
Why do you keep them so oppressed and exhausted, without giving them enough to eat or curing them of the sicknesses they incur from the excessive labor you give them, and they die, or rather you kill them, in order to extract and acquire gold every day. Montesinos’s sermon had a formative impact upon las Casas, who heard it firsthand. Las Casas became well known for his advocacy of the rights of indigenous peoples of the Americas. Statute of Antonio de Montesinos, Santo Domingo D. Spanish and Portuguese rules, which for which they fought for over three centuries.