CULTURAL READINGS: Colonization & Print in the Americas
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In 1552, Bartolomé de Las Casas, formerly Bishop of Chiapas, began what became known as the "Black Legend" by publishing a powerful and lasting indictment of Spanish behavior toward Indian populations in the New World.
At the Legend's core are two intertwined stereotypes: that of the peaceable, childlike, innocent Indian and that of the cruel, rapacious, self-serving Spaniard.
For Protestants, Las Casas's condemnation of his own people and catalogue of their injustices allowed them to quote the Catholic devil against his cohorts and to argue for a greater non-Spanish European presence in the New World.
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