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Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies

Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566)

1. 00 - The Argument of this Narrative by way of Preface to the Reader
2. 01 - The Cruelties of the Spaniards Committed in America
3. 02 - Of the Island Hispaniola
4. 03 - Of the Kingdoms contained in Hispaniola
5. 04 - Of the Isles of St. John and Jamaica
6. 05 - Of the Isle of Cuba
7. 06 - Of the Continent
8. 07 - Of the Province of Nicaraqua
9. 08 - Of new Spain
10. 09 - Of New Spain in Particular
11. 10 - Of the Kingdom and Province of Guatimala
12. 11 - A farther Discourse of New Spain: And some Account of Panuco and Xalisco
13. 12 - Of the Kingdom of Jucatan
14. 13 - Of the Province of St. Martha & Of the Province of Carthagena
15. 14 - Of the Pearl-Coast, Paria, and Trinity-Isle
16. 15 - Of the River Yuya Pari
17. 16 - Of the Kingdom of Venecuela
18. 17 - Of the Provinces of Florida
19. 18 - Of the Plate-River, that is, the Silver-River
20. 19 - Of the vast Kingdoms and Spatious Provinces of Perusia
21. 20 - Of the New Kingdom of Granada

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A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (Spanish: Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias) is an account written by the Spanish Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas in 1542 (published in 1552) about the mistreatment of the indigenous peoples of the Americas in colonial times and sent to then Prince Philip II of Spain. One of the stated purposes for writing the account is his fear of Spain coming under divine punishment and his concern for the souls of the Native Peoples. The account is one of the first attempts by a Spanish writer of the colonial era to depict examples of unfair treatment that indigenous people endured in the early stages of the Spanish conquest of the Greater Antilles, particularly the island of Hispaniola.[citation needed] Las Casas's point of view can be described as being heavily against some of the Spanish methods of colonization, which, as he describes, have inflicted a great loss on the indigenous occupants of the islands.