Bartolomé de Las Casas

(1484 - 1566)

When he was eighteen years old, Bartolomé de Las Casas left Spain for Santo Domingo, becoming, during his time in the New World, a rare Spanish-born advocate for the rights of indigenous people. In 1515 Emperor Charles V appointed him priest-procurator of the Indies. After his attempt to establish a joint community of both natives and Spanish civilians failed in 1522, Las Casas joined the Dominican order and became prior of the Convent of Puerto de Plata.

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