A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies

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A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies  (1552) 
by Bartolomé de las Casas
A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies (Spanish: Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias) is an account written by the Spanish Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas in 1542 (published in 1552) about the torture, mistreatment and genocide of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas in colonial times. His eyewitness account is largely responsible for the passage of the new Spanish colonial laws known as the New Laws of 1542, which abolished native slavery for the first time in European colonial history.
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This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.