1. Why did de las Casas write the book? Who was his audience?
De las Casas wrote the book to inform the king of Spain about the atrocities going on in the New World, including murder and gold hoarding. He believed that someone needed to give an account of what was really going on. His audience was the King of Spain as well as other Spaniards, as he hoped to make them aware of the injustices.
2. What was the purpose of the expeditions? Was this purpose accomplished? Why or why not?
The purpose of the expeditions was to convert the native people to Christianity and save them from hell. However, the Spaniards tended to kill people and take their gold rather than convert them. What conversions did happen were often done by force.
3. Who was de las Casas? What was his reason for being in the New World?
De Las Casas was a Christian missionary. He was in the New World to help convert the natives. Many of the missionaries did their best to protect the natives and bring justice to the area.
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