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Americas Indigenous People According to Christopher Columbus and Bartholomew De Las Casas

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In his view, he also asserts that the indigenous American people were timid and they lacked iron and weapons which could be a threat to their colonial quest and control over them. From this, he underlines that they were not likely to face any difficulties in their interaction in the Indies lands. The indigenous people had no organized religion. Also, they believed that the Spaniard ships came from heaven. Columbus finally gives an account of the language used by the indigenous people (Jane). He notes that natives from different islands seemed to speak the same language and form, this he asserts that this would greatly enhance the Christian conversion.

As he was commercially oriented he provides that the Americas indigenous people were unskilled but they had excellent understanding and this aspect was suitable in the provision of labor (Jane). Bartholomew view of the indigenous American people was based on his principle of universal human rights. He asserts that as human beings both the indigenous people and their Spanish conquerors and colonialist had the same rights and needs universally as anyone else (McNutt).

Because of this Bartholomew is regarded as one of the first European colonialist to formulate and putting forward the aspect of universal human rights. He defended the rights and freedoms of the indigenous American people throughout his life (McNutt). He had a firm stand which was against the violent and inhumane way in which the Spaniards treated the indigenous Americas natives. Thus from his defense of the indigenous people against the horrors in the name of colonization quest he was perceived by many as the defender of the Indians and the general native indigenous Americas people (McNutt).   Travelling alongside the Spaniard army, he witnessed how poorly armed America's indigenous people were being massacred and was not appealed with it.

He viewed this enslavement and the unspeakable suffering and slaughter that the natives were being subjected to not only being a crime but also sin.  

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