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Vol. 10 No. i (2022): Spring 2022

A Dual Mindset: Exploring Bartolomé de Las Casas's Treatment of Indigenous Americans

November 21, 2023


The following paper discusses the mindset of Bartolomé de Las Casas towards indigenous communities. He is commonly believed to be a saint and defender of these communities despite his underlying disdain for them. The discussion will explore the nuances of Las Casas’s support for indigenous communities, specifically, how his support was inhibited by his self-righteousness. The paper provides an important insight to an overlooked aspect of Bartolomé de Las Casas.