The Opposing Beliefs Of Bartolome De Las Casas And Juan Gines Sepulveda

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The Opposing Beliefs of Bartolome de Las Casas and Juan Gines Sepulveda The Spanish began colonizing the New World with the intent of spreading Christianity and obtaining land to expand the Spanish Empire. The Spanish explorer Bartolome de Las Casas and humanist Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda had differing beliefs upon how Natives within the Americas should be converted to Christianity and how they should be treated once their land was colonized. Bartolome de Las Casas believed that the Spanish ,while colonizing the New World, should practice the conversion of Natives to Christianity in a peaceful manner which would not disturb their daily lives. However, Juan Gines de Sepulveda supported the belief that Natives were inferior and needed to be colonized in a forceful and aggressive manner. Bartolome de Las Casas was an advocate for the fair treatment of Natives and converting them to Christianity peacefully. Before Las Casas became engrossed with the belief of converting Natives peacefully, he argued against the beliefs of Antonio de Montesinos. Antonio de Montesinos believed that Natives had been treated unfairly and the the Spanish Crown should refine their process of colonizing the New World and converting Natives to Christianity. During the time that Antonio de Montesinos attempted to defend the Natives, Las Casas was still a slave owner and in support of how the Natives were being treated. Due to Las Casas not altering his lifestyle and continuing to own slaves, a priest…

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