Final Paper #3 - Soyemi 1 Mosaic 851, Section 77 Dr. David...

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Soyemi 1 Mosaic 851, Section 77 Dr. David Racker James Soyemi Bartolome De Las Casas: Activist of Rights for Native Americans Bartolome De Las Casas once wrote, “The natural laws and rules and rights of men are common to all nations, condition, without any difference….All the Indians to be found here are to be held as free: for in truth so they are, by the same right as I myself am free”. Las Casas wrote this in a letter to Prince Philip, he stated his position on the situation that was occurring as a result of colonization in the new world. The question that I want to address in my essay is: What was Las Casas role in gaining rights for Native Americans, and how do Las Casas fits into the tradition of “Natural Law” and “Just War” theory? Although Las Casas position in the question I proposed may seem good, there was a problematic as well as significant outcome of it. This Question is problematic because Las Casas had to convince the King of Spain and other Spanish conquistadors to give Native Americans Rights. Also Las Casas had to worry about his reputation to the people of Spain, because the exploitation of Native Americans and their goods were profitable for Spain. The significance of the question is that Las Casas described horrible
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course INTELLECTU 0851 taught by Professor Dr.racker during the Spring '10 term at Temple.

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Final Paper #3 - Soyemi 1 Mosaic 851, Section 77 Dr. David...

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