Mayan And Spanish Encounters

The spiritual conquest, or the Spanish goal to conquer and convert the Amerindians to Christianity during the colonial period is a rather difficult area to examine from an objective point of view. A wealth of sources exists but yet they are all from the Spanish perspective. Unfortunately the Mayan voices, or the conquered people, are silent, as their peoples had no form of written expression. One then must study and attempt to piece together the various Spanish accounts to determine how life was in the Yucatán peninsula during the sixteenth century. The writings of Dominican Friar Bartholomé de las Casas and those of Franciscan Friar Toribio de Motolinía are quite contradictory. ...

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on such good-natured people. He states that "God has created all these numberless people to be quite the simplest, without malice or duplicity, most obedient, most faithful to their natural Lords, and to the Christians…" (Lunenfeld, 206). He petitioned to both the Council and King Charles V to cancel the current licenses of expeditions until the issue of propriety had been addressed (Lunenfeld, 221). Although the King did temporarily grant Las Casas' request, it produced no results, as Las Casas was ineffective in arguing his case. He had no real foundation for his argument but a few points, which according to Lunenfeld, he constantly reiterated.
What was the source of Las Casas' information? Did he make harsh generalizations that he applied to the whole colonial society? It appears certain that he did not truly represent the interests of the Amerindians because there is no mention of any particular individuals. Instead he mounts all Amerindians together as a group, thus ...

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