The Spanish Debate On The Americas
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|The Spanish Debate On The Americas
Juan Ginés de Sepulveda, Bartolomé de las Casas, and
Francisco de Vitoria arguments pertaining to the settlement and
colonization of the native people of America, while presented in
different manors, are all the same. All three Spaniards believed
that the barbarians had to accept the rule of the Spanish because
the Spanish were mentally superior, and divine and natural laws
gave the Spanish the right to conquer and enslave the native
people of America.
The foundation for Spanish conquests was their
interpretation of the bible. Ironically, it was the teachings of
the bible they were all trying to bring to the newly found
infidels. Sepulveda stated that the Spanish conquests were
sanctioned in divine law itself, for it was written in the Book
of Proverbs that "'He who is stupid will serve the wise man.'"
In propositions one and two, Bartolomé de las Casas stated that
he believed that Jesus...
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