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Las Casas, Bartolomé de
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(1484, Seville – Jul 18, 1566, Madrid). From 1502 to 1514, Las Casas was a prospector, field chaplain (ordained priest in 1507), and encomendero in Hispaniola (Dominican Republic, Haiti) and Cuba. At Pentecost in 1514 he was converted to a messianic Christianity out of pity and compassion for the Indians (Native American Indians), in whom he saw “scourged Christs.” Appointed Protector de los Indios by Cardinal F. Jiménez de Cisneros in 1516, he led an unsuccessful mission in Hispaniola in 1517. From 1517 to 1520 he served as “overseas minister” at the court of Charles V. In…

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Delgado, Mariano, “Las Casas, Bartolomé de”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 16 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_12666>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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