Valea RichardsDr. Tammy ByronSurvey of U.S. History17 January 2018Unit 1: InitialDiscussionChristopher Columbus and Bartolomede las casas, both wrote documents about their experience on their voyages.These experiences would be classified as primary not secondary sources.
Primarysources are “original materials that were created during the time being studiedor by someone with firsthand knowledge of the event” (Shmoop). They werewritten in the exact time as when these voyages were happening which meant theywere very accurate and they were written by the people that went on the voyage.Columbus wrote his journal to keep a record of his first voyage. He wanted tokeep a day to day basis of what was going on during his journey. Las Casaswrote his brief account to point out the mistreating of the Indies.
TheSpaniards treated them horrible and he wanted to expose this and help thenatives.Columbus and Las Casas hadvery different views of the Natives. Columbus looked at them as poor andthought they would make very good servants. He thought they were beautifulpeople but looked at them as good slaves. On the other hand, Las Casas thoughtthey were innocent, obedient and faithful to their native masters and SpanishChristians they served at the time. He also thought they were not wicked ordeceitful and humble. Now let’s look at the biases that Columbus and Las casashad.
Las casas wanted to protect the natives, and he wanted to make sure theywere not held captive as slaves. He was a bishop, so he never wanted to seepeople the way the Natives were. However, Columbus on the other hand displayeda sense of insularity towards the Natives.
He had the agenda of the Britain empireon his mind, so he did not care about how they were treated he just wanted whatwas best for the kingdom. And as a result, the natives people were affected byEuropean contact. Columbus’s lack of concern for their culture destroyed thenative people. The way they lived and everything they knew were exploited.Diseases were brought to the natives and they also were enslaved in a Europeanway