Defending the Conquest

Bernardo de Vargas Machuca's Defense and Discourse of the Western Conquests

Kris Lane,

Defending the Conquest: Bernardo de Vargas Machuca's Defense and Discourse of the Western Conquests
 
 

Of great benefit for scholars and teachers, this is the first English translation and critical edition of a rare refutation of Bartolomé de las Casas’s famous 1552 Brief Account of the Destruction of the Indies, one of the most influential texts of the sixteenth century. The Defense and Discourse of the Western Conquests, written by the Spanish soldier Bernardo de Vargas Machuca about 1603, provides valuable insights into the other side of the debate over the morality of the Spanish conquest.



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