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Cloppenburg, Jan Evertszoon
Le Miroir de la Cruelle, & horrible tyrannie espagnole perpetree au Pays Bas, par le Tyran Duc de Albe, & aultres Comandeurs de par le roy Philippe le deuxiesme. On a adjoinct la deuxiesme partie de les tyrannies commises aux Indes Occidentales par les Espagnols. Nouvellement exorne avec taille douce en cuyvre
Tot Amsterdam Ghedruckt by Ian Ever'tss Cloppenburg, op't Water tegen over de Koor Beurs in vergulden Bijbel, 1620
Bound with Casas, Bartolome de las. Le Miroir de la Tyrannie
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Bartolomé de las Casas was a Spanish missionary and historian often referred to as "the defender of the Indians." He came to the Americas in 1502 and participated in several military campaigns to suppress the indigenous population. He was rewarded with large grants of land that included Native American slaves. At this point he considered the natives infidels and as a priest sought to convert them to Christianity. It was not until 1514 that Casas determined to devote his life to the defense of the Native Americans. In 1515 he returned to Spain to request Ferdinand's intercession in the legal and political corruption taking place in both the New and Old Worlds. He continued writing and speaking out on the conditions he witnessed for the rest of his life. In describing what he had witnessed in the West Indies Las Casas wrote, "… My eyes have seen these acts so foreign to human nature, and now I tremble as I write …"
Casas, Bartolome de las, 1474-1566
An account of the first voyages and discoveries made by the Spaniards in America. Containing the most exact relation hitherto publish'd, of their unparallel'd cruelties on the Indians ... By Don Bartholomew de las Casas, bishop of Chiapa ... Illustrated with cuts. To which is added, The art of travelling
London, Printed by J. Darby for D. Brown at the Black Swan and Bible without Temple-Bar, J. Harris at the Harrow in Little Britain, and Andr. Bell at the Cross-Keys and Bible in Cornhil. 1699