Greed vs. Gospel: Startling differences in motivation

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Bartolomé de Las Casas

Apostle of the Indies, Bartolomé de Las Casas, died July 17, 1566. In 1502, he left Spain for the West Indies, where he became a hacendado of an encomienda (plantation) and a slave owner of Native Americans. He participated in slave raids and military expeditions against the native populations of Hispaniola and Cuba.

But in 1511 Las Casas’ life began to change when he heard a church leader, Dominican friar Antonio de Montesinos, speak: “I am a voice crying in the wilderness … the voice of Christ in the desert of this island. You are all in mortal sin … on account of the cruelty and tyranny with which you use these innocent people. Are these not men? Have they not rational souls? Must not you love them as you love yourselves?”

Montesinos continued: “Tell me by what right of justice do you hold

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