Amerindians Essay Research Paper In this study

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Amerindians Essay, Research Paper In this study, I shall follow the protagonists on their journey from innocent people to people filled with hatred. I shall be primarily concerned with the responses, challenges, opportunities and attitudes of the Amerindians, putting special notice on how they were annihilated by the Spanish. The sources we will use we be short accounts by Bartolome de Las Casas and Bartolome Arazans de Orsua. The Amerindians were burned alive, hung, raped and eaten by dogs. The Amerindians noble and innocent characters led them to be abused by the Spaniards. The Spaniards greed was the true motivation that led them in the fight against the unarmed, pure at heart, Amerindians. Bartolome de Las Casas s accounts began approximately one century after Christopher

Columbus had discovered the Americas. He arrived at the New World for many reason in common with other conquistadors. Yet later changed his ways and became known as the Defender and Apostle of the Indians, the most controversial figure in the long and troubled history of Spain s American empire. (Bartolome de Las Casas, Short Account in the Destruction of the Indies. Published by Penguin Books 1992. xiii) Bartolome de Las Casas did the only thing he could, he informed everyone in Spain about the massacres that were occurring in the New World. Bartolome de Las Casas was a great man with much valor and what he did will never be forgotten. Another source that historians can use to demonstrate the difficulties suffered by the Amerindians are the Tales of Potosi. Bartolome Arazans de

Orsua wrote Tales of Potosi. He lived in Potosi all of his life and was a witness to all the massacres the Amerindians faced. In these tales we see once again the horrific treatment of the Spaniards towards the Amerindians. We can also see that the Spaniards were nothing more than greedy men with only money as their true motivation. The Spaniards use God s name in their doings but many argue that God would never allow such behaviors. Being a primary source, Tales of Potosi show us not only the Christendom of the Spaniards and the conversion of the Amerindians, it also tells us much about their economic life. Also we are allowed to better inform ourselves of their form of government in the New World. (Tales of Potosi, A Tale of Sound and Fury, pages 13-19). In this paper we will

be able to better understand the treatment of the Amerindians in the time of Bartolome de Las Casas, A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies and then we will see the changes, if any in the Tales of Potosi. Along with this we will the economic life style of Spaniards and Amerindians along with the change in political methods. We will become more familiar with the responses, activities, attitudes and challengers faced by the Amerindians in the New World. The Amerindians responded in many different ways to the treatment on the Spaniards. Many believed that gold was the God of the Spanish adventurers; they would be welcomed with gifts of gold in order to spare their lives. (Las Casas, 42-55) These gifts given to the Spanish were of no use due to the bloodthirsty savages that

the Spanish truly were. Some of the Amerindians would try to run away, but the Spanish would find them. Others tried to defend themselves with their bows and arrows but this was not effective due to the advanced weapons of the Spanish. (Las Casas, pages 86-94) The Amerindians were forced to leave their homes and either run away or be killed. Las Casas, pages 89-91, Tales of Potosi, xxi) Many of the Amerindians were tortured in ways that are unimaginable. Dogs tearing at their skin, being burnt alive, women were raped, being sold into slavery, and being thrown into pit and impaled alive are just a few examples that allow us to realize how truly horrific these massacres truly were. The torturous ways of the Spanish were not the only thing that was lowering the Amerindian population