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Betanzos, Domingo de
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(1480, León – Sep 13, 1549, Valladolid). After studying law in Salamanca, Betanzos entered the Dominican order (Dominicans) in 1511. With the first Dominican missionaries in the New World, he committed himself to protecting the indigenous Americans, who were being oppressed by the Spanish settlers. He cooperated with P. de Córdoba and B. de Las Casas. After the conquest of Mexico by H. Cortés, Betanzos carried on missionary work there (1526); in 1535 he became provincial of the newly established Dominican province. He came into conflict with …

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Eggensperger, Thomas, “Betanzos, Domingo de”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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