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Although history can seem a very factual topic, the past can never be recorded in every detail. There are many different aspects that must be taken into consideration when judging what a fact is and what can be deduced. There was much complexity in the conquest of Americas from what was true, to who was for the conquest or who was against it. In the conquest of the Americas there is no clear division between the Spanish or the Indigenous views of the conquest, instead it is the individual’s personal history, their current concerns and interests that influence whether they are for or against the conquest, the stand point they take is the one that benefits them the most. Beneficial to the individual which usually requires omitting parts of history or exaggerating other areas, in order for the accounts to benefit their concerns, concerns that can be acknowledgement for themselves or for their people or even reform of the conquest. The idea that each individual chooses to tell their own story of what happened in history leaves the history taught today to an open debate about what were the true events that occurred in the Americas. The personal history of the writers usually determines the stand they will take on the conquest and whether or not they will agree with the conquest. Bartolome de Las Casas used to be an encomendero until he became a Dominican friar. As an encomendero before he knows what it is like to be the one after the gold and after the noble title. However, now that he has become a friar he considers the religious aspect of the conquest more important than the economic benefits. He exposes the violence the Spaniards are using against the Indians in order to show how that is not the original religious purpose of the conquest. He is trying to show to the king especially that the so called Christians have been murdering for “purely and simply greed” and not for the religious purposes (In Defense of Native Peoples, p.52). Bartolome’s purpose is for the king to change the manner in which things are happening in the New World, his stand point is against the conquest unless it is reformed. It benefits him to criticize the manner in which
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religion is not being projected and that there are reforms to be made because as a Dominican friar, showing the incompetency that the Franciscan friars have had in the past leaves room for the Dominican’s to change it. However, it is not simply an attack on Franciscan friars because Bartolome quotes Marcos de Niza, a Franciscan friar who has witnessed the mistreatment of the natives. This is most beneficial in that it shows both that Franciscan friars themselves acknowledge that there are injustices going on in the conquest. Regardless, of the mistreatment
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