Bartolomé de Las Casas was a contemporary of Christopher Columbus. He witnessed Columbus present himself as a devout Christian while he kidnapped, maimed, and killed the indigenous people of Hispaniola in pursuit of gold.
Film Clip Description
Bartolomé de Las Casas’ account “Devastation of the Indies” is read here by John Sayles on October 22, 2004, at The New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York, NY. The excerpt is from Voices of a People’s History of the United States edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.