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Author: Bartolome de Las Casa, Spanish Priest
The Spaniards first assaulted the innocent Sheep (the natives), so qualified by the Almighty, like most cruel tigers, wolves, and lions, hunger-starved... they have so inhumanely and barbarously butchered and harassed with several kinds of Torments, never before known, or heard (of which you shall have some account in the following Discourse) that of Three Millions of Persons, which lived in Hispaniola itself, there is at present but the inconsiderable remnant of scarce Three Hundred. Nay the Isle of Cuba... lies now uncultivated, like a Desert, and entombed in its own Ruins. You may also find the Isles of St. John, and Jamaica, both large and fruitful places, unpeopled and desolate. The Lucayan Islands... when the Spaniards first arrived here, about Five Hundred Thousand Men dwelt in it, they are now cut off, some by slaughter, and others ravished away by Force and Violence, to work in the Mines of Hispaniola, which was destitute of Native Inhabitants... there were only found Eleven Persons, which I saw with my own Eyes.
- Who arrived into Hispaniola?
- How many people were in Hispaniola (and the surrounding islands): A dozen, hundreds, thousands, or millions?
- How were the natives of Hispaniola treated?
- How many natives were left on the islands?
- Does the author like or dislike what has happened on these islands? What is your evidence for this conclusion from the text?