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1. Definition and background

The Requerimiento (Spanish “demand,” “admonition”) was a document composed by the Spanish crown jurist Juan López de Palacios Rubios in 1513 on the legal status of Spanish rule in America.

The violent Conquista of the newly discovered territories in the New World by the Spanish conquistadors and the brutal treatment of the Indigenous population (the so-called Indios) by the first colonists on the one hand and the Spanish claim to be the bearers of civilization (Civiliz…

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König, Hans-Joachim, “Requerimiento”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 May 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026630>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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