Bartolomé de las Casas and 500 Years of Racial Injustice

Bartolomé de las Casas, sickened by the exploitation and physical degradation of the indigenous peoples in the Spanish colonies of the Caribbean, gave up his extensive land holdings and slaves and traveled to his homeland in Spain in 1515 to petition the Spanish Crown to stop the abuses that European colonists were inflicting upon the natives of the New World. Learn more about Bartolomé de las Casas in this video written by Dani Anthony with narration by Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle. A textual version of this video is available here.

This is a production of Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective at the Goldberg Center in the Department of History at The Ohio State University and the Department of History at Miami University. For more information about Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective, please visit http://origins.osu.edu.

Audio production by Scott Sprague and Paul Kotheimer, College of Arts & Sciences Academic Technology Services. Video production by Laura Seeger and Dr. Nicholas B. Breyfogle.

The Origins' editorial team includes Editors Nicholas Breyfogle, Steven Conn and David Steigerwald; Managing Editors Jessica Viñas-Nelson and Lauren Henry and Associate Editor Eric M. Rhodes.

We thank the Stanton Foundation for their funding of this and other Origins projects.