A Short Account of a Long History
Bartolome de las Casas was a 16th-century Spanish colonist and Historian. During his time in the indies he became one of the first advocates for the indigenous people, even appointed “Protector of the Indians”. In A Short Account of the Destruction of The Indies Casas provides an acrimonious review of the behaviors of the Spanish conquistadors he witnessed in the colonies. The chronicle although a first-hand account is not only an observation of the Spaniards in the indies but acts also as a call to action towards the laissez-faire policies of the Spain Crown. His account aimed to light all of the abuse Spanish colonists have committed against the native people as well as the death toll associated with the abuse.