A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies is the classic work of friar Bartolomé de las Casas, where he fiercely criticized how the Spaniards treated the natives. His work is a precursor of human rights, and it provoked the Valladolid debate, a discussion on the exploitation and rights of the natives that was not seen in contemporary or later imperialist powers. Nonetheless, before reading it I should warn you that Las Casas constantly uses hyperboles and exaggerations to prove his (fair) point, a stylistic device commonly used at that time. Keep that in mind, because the enemies of Spain later used this work of Las Casas to portray the Spaniards as evil and ruthless, contributing to the Black Legend.
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1st edition (September 8, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140445625
- ISBN-13: 978-0140445626
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.5 inches