Paper: An Analysis of the Spaniards Treatment of Indians in the New World

There reasoning for colonization was Gold, God, and Glory. The Pope, thousands of miles away, created the Papal Bull of 1493 that divided the world between Spain and Portugal. This bold statement shows the audacity of the Spanish towards the newly discovered Natives. Even though measures were taken by the crown to ensure the well being of the Natives, the laws and ordinances newly made by his majesty for the government of the Indies and good treatment and preservation of the Indians didnt last for long.(H&R 150) It was hard for the crown to regulate a government that was thousands of miles away. The main objective of the Spaniards was to win the Indians trust and to Christianize them. While some officials were taking measures to condemn the harsh treatment of the Indians, others were making their case for just the opposite. In 1547 Juan Gines De Sepulveda wrote Democrats Alter, which ultimately condoned the war against the natives. He was saying that Indian civilization is not civil and his war is a just war. Spanish conquistadors felt that Spain was the center of earth and everything revolved around it. The crown, or other high officials, may have disagreed, but they werent the ones over in the New World making the rules. 3 It is hard for one to look at the events of history, especially the settling of a New World, and blame one sole nation for the wrong doings bestowed upon the Indians. The English, eventually Americans, continuously pushed Indians West no Black Legend was named after them. It is better to learn from our mistakes and move on rather than condemn people for making those mistakes. William of Orange was correct in his statement to the extent that Spain committed atrocities, but every settler to the New World was guilty of the Black Legend. On my honor | have neither given nor received any aid on this work nor am | aware of any breach of the honor code that | shall not immediately report....