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1st Tzetan Todorov maintains that the Justification for all the brutal acts and killings of theSpanish on the Native Americans was due to a perceived inferiority derived from their supposed‘disgusting’ culture and lack of faith. Las Casas, an influential friar, countered these points byexplaining that he loves the Indians due to his faith and that difference is not a bad thing allhumans are created by God to be an image of God. Todorov uses the two philosophers and theirtexts: Las Casas and Sepulveda who argue opposing viewpoints as well as what the Spaniardswere doing to back up his points. He first mentions Sepulveda's points that the Native Americansare merely born slaves and the Spanish born masters (Aristotle), which leads to his justificationfor war against the Natives. That they are savages (engage in cannibalism), lack understanding ofthe Christian faith, failed to obey their ‘masters’, and they sacrifice humans. These all add to theidea that the Spanish thought the Natives were savages. Las Casas counters saying that lovingthem is part of the Christian faith and their difference is not bad and ‘we’ are more equal thandifferent. I agree with Todorov on the justifications of the enslavement of the Natives, but I dosee some fault in just assuming it to be on cultural terms. Much of it also has to do with poor

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