A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies Themes

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Human Worth

Throughout the book the natives are dehumanized and compared with animals. Even De Las Casas referred to them as herd animals by the way they listened to the Spaniards. The only way that the Spaniards could kill them with such horror was to dehumanize them and treat them as lesser beings. Whenever the Spaniards had to choose between feeding their dogs and feeding the natives, they chose to feed the natives to the dogs, let the natives eat each other if they were willing, or let them starve. It is interesting to think about the type of people that the Spaniards of this day and age were because they were all raised in Christian homes in a Christian kingdom. Whether it was the doctrine in Spain that failed to move them or the desperation of being away from home for so long that led them to kill...

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