de la casas and sepulveda controversy

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History 251 10/1/08 Mon/Wed 7:30-8:45 The Las Casas- Sepulveda Controversy I stand strongly for Bartolome de Las Casas' position to refute Sepulveda's contentions of justifying and imposing slavery amongst the indigenous peoples of America. I am a firm believer of non-violent tactics, especially to convert one into a religion. Las Casas proposes wiser and more persuasive arguments and rebuttals than Sepulveda. I feel that Sepulveda's view of the Native Americans is one of naivety and ignorance. He portrays these people as if they were inhuman when he knows nothing of their culture and background. Basically, it seems as if he wants to rage war and enslave the Native Americans because they are different from him and the ideologies of his society. Sepulveda even goes to the extreme by saying that the Indians were slaves by nature and that going to war with them is justified. That is one of the most careless statements that I have heard. No one is born and meant to be enslaved. Slavery is cruel and unjust. He also makes some generalizations of the whole Indian
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