La lecture en ligne est gratuite
Le téléchargement nécessite un accès à la bibliothèque YouScribe
Tout savoir sur nos offres
Télécharger Lire

Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings

De
452 pages
The Project Gutenberg EBook of Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at http://www.guten- berg.org/license Title: Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings Author: Francis Augustus MacNutt Release Date: November 13, 2007 [Ebook 23466] Language: English ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK BARTHOLOMEW DE LAS CASAS; HIS LIFE, APOSTOLATE, AND WRITINGS*** Fray Bartholomew de Las Casas From the portrair drawn and engraved by Enguidanos. Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, aposto- late, and writings By Francis Augustus MacNutt Cleveland, U.S.A. The Arthur H. Clark Company 1909 To my beloved wife, Margaret Van Cortlandt Ogden this volume is affectionately dedicated Preface The controversies of which Bartholomew de Las Casas was, for more than half a century, the central figure no longer move us, for slavery, as a system, is dead and the claim of one race or of men to hold property rights in the flesh and blood of another finds no defenders. We may study the events of his tempestuous life with serene temper, solely for the important light on the history of human progress.
Voir plus Voir moins

Vous aimerez aussi

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Bartholomew de Las Casas; his
life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt
This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and
with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give
it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg
License included with this eBook or online at http://www.guten-
berg.org/license
Title: Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and
writings
Author: Francis Augustus MacNutt
Release Date: November 13, 2007 [Ebook 23466]
Language: English
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK
BARTHOLOMEW DE LAS CASAS; HIS LIFE,
APOSTOLATE, AND WRITINGS***Fray Bartholomew de Las Casas
From the portrair drawn and engraved by Enguidanos.Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, aposto-
late, and writings
By Francis Augustus MacNutt
Cleveland, U.S.A.
The Arthur H. Clark Company
1909To my beloved wife, Margaret Van Cortlandt Ogden this volume
is affectionately dedicatedPreface
The controversies of which Bartholomew de Las Casas was, for
more than half a century, the central figure no longer move us,
for slavery, as a system, is dead and the claim of one race or of
men to hold property rights in the flesh and blood of another finds
no defenders. We may study the events of his tempestuous life
with serene temper, solely for the important light on the history
of human progress.
It is sought in the present work to assign to the noblest Spaniard
who ever landed in the western world, his true place among those
great spirits who have defended and advanced the cause of just
liberty, and, at the same time, to depict the conditions under
which the curse of slavery was first introduced to North Amer-
ica. It in no degree lessens the glory of Las Casas to insist
upon the historical fact that he was neither the first Spaniard to
defend the liberty of the American Indians, nor was he alone in
sustaining the struggle, to which the best years of a life that all
but spanned a century were exclusively dedicated.
Born in an age of both civil and religious despotism, his voice
was incessantly raised in vindication of the inherent and inalien-
able right of every human being to the enjoyment of liberty. He [vi]
was preeminently a man of action to whom nothing human was
foreign, and whose gift of universal sympathy co-existed with
an uncommon practical ability to devise corrective reforms that
commanded the attention and won the approval of the foremost
statesmen and moralists of his time. True, he also had a vision of
Utopia, and his flights of imaginative altruism frequently elevat-
ed him so far above the realities of this world, that the incorrigible
frailties of human nature seemed to vanish from his calculations,x Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings
but when the rude awakening came, he neither forsook the fight
nor failed to profit by the bitter lesson.
When his dream of an ideal colony, peopled by perfect Chris-
tians labouring for the conversion of model Indians, adorned
with primitive virtues, was dispelled, he girded his loins to meet
his enemies with undiminished courage, on the battle-ground
they themselves had selected. His moral triumph was complete,
and he issued from every encounter victorious. The fruits of his
victories were not always immediate or satisfying, nor did he
live to see the practical application of all his principles, yet the
figure of this devoted champion of freedom stands on a pedestal
of enduring fame, of which the foundations rest on the eternal
homage of all lovers of justice and liberty, and it is the figure of
a victor, who served God and loved his fellow-men.
It will be seen in the following narrative, that monks of the
Order of St. Dominic were the first to defend the liberty of the
[vii] Indian and his moral dignity as a reasonable being, endowed
with free will and understanding. Associated in the popular
conception with the foundation and extension of the Inquisition,
the Dominicans may appear in a somewhat unfamiliar guise as
torch-bearers of freedom in the vanguard of Spanish colonial
expansion in America, but such was the fact. History has made
but scant and infrequent mention of these first obscure heroes,
who faced obloquy and even risked starvation in the midst of
irate colonists, whose avarice and brutality they fearlessly re-
buked in the name of religion and humanity: they sank, after
lives of self-immolation, into nameless graves, sometimes falling
victims to the blind violence of the very Indians whose cause
they championed—protomartyrs of liberty in the new world.
The conditions under which Las Casas and his co-workers
laboured were discouragingly adverse. The mailed conquerors
and eager treasure-seekers who followed in the wake of Colum-
bus were consumed by two ruthless passions—avarice and am-
bition.

Un pour Un
Permettre à tous d'accéder à la lecture
Pour chaque accès à la bibliothèque, YouScribe donne un accès à une personne dans le besoin