The Indian Advocate (Sacred Heart Mission, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 15, No. 8, Ed. 1, Saturday, August 1, 1903 Page: 2 of 32
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224 THE INDIAN ADVOCATE
(From St. Anthony's Messenger)
False and True History of Spanish America.
"3y declaring the Indian to be a crown vassal the laws
placed him on an equal footing with the native of Spain in
one sense and yet practically he enjoyed a much more
favorable position. He became a special ward of the royal
government and the complaint by Spanish settlers is very
well grounded that everything was done for the Indian and
but little for them. The original form of the Indian govern-
ment was maintained and only such modifications made as
became necessary to assure the supremacy of Spain in case
of need." "Any other nation governing the Indian according
to European systems might have achieved similar results;
but the special merit of Spain consists in having achieved
them whereas other natipns occupying American soil have
given comparatively little attention to the well-being and con-
servation of the red man. Certain it is that the Spanish laws
of the Indias are by far the most beneficient the most hu-
mane and the most practical that were ever framed for the
government of the aborigines."
But to return again to "Las Casas" we quote the foll-
owing passage from A. F. Bandielier's book already mention-
ed: "It is evident that in Spanish America as well as every-
where else the strict decree of the Crown in behalf of the In-
dian were sometimes evaded or disregarded and the native
occasionally treated with cruelty. But these instances were
only exceptions and not the rule. Las Casas in his injudicious
diatribes has completely misrepresented the facts in many
cases He was an honest but utterly impractical enthusiast
who failed to understand both the Indian and the new issue
placed before the Indian through the discovery of America
and who condemned everything and everybody from the mo-
ment that they did not agree with his theories and plans
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