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The Devastation of the Indies

             The Article, "The Devastation of the Indies," by Bartolome De las Casas, is a brief account of the cruelty that was done to the Indians by the Spaniard so-called Christians who were considered heaven sent when they were actually the devil incarnated. They treated these Indians like termites that needed to be exterminated or Goats about to be killed for a major feast. For example, in one of the lines it says, "They attacked the towns and spared neither the children nor the aged nor pregnant women nor women in childbed, not only stabbing them and dismembering them but cutting them to pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house." These Indians had their peaceful world infiltrated by thugs and villains who claimed to be spreading the gospel.
             I can't even begin to imagine what I would do if I had to stand there and watch what these barbarians do to these people especially the women and children. They raped the wives of the village rulers and took the newborn infants and threw them into the rivers to drown or be eaten by the sharks and other man eating marine animals. It really pissed me off when I heard what they did to the babies. These infants haven't had a chance to live their lives. They just came into the world a minute ago just to have it stripped when they haven't even started walking much less being able to swim in the water.
             These Spaniards didn't really consider these Indians as human beings. They regarded them the same way a lion would regard a jackal coming near its cub. It had to be killed because it is a threat to its precious child. They thought these Indians were going to grow a lot in population and eventually come and take over their own country. The way these Indians were treated reminds me of how Pharaoh treated the Israelites in Egypt because they were afraid of what they would become if they didn't control the amount of people they had in their population.

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