The Devastation Of The Indies

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Manipulating The Truth To Get Readers Throughout the history of Latin America there were countless accounts of how literature over exemplified the hardships this continent endured. Two works of literature that best suit this example is The Devastation of the Indies from Bartonlome De Las Casas and I, Rigoberta Menchu translated by Ann Wright.

From these works it can be seen that manipulating the truth in a matter to get readers interested devalues the trust readers may have once they find out. Each book provides very violent explicit examples of people being tortured, which may later prove false.

Also, these people who gave their accounts may not be eye witnesses themselves to the events.

In the book, The Devastation of the Indies, De Las Casas gives explicit accounts of the mistreatment and inhuman acts by which the Spaniards abused and mistreated the indigenous people of the Americas. In every part of the book he details the vile acts that the Spanish conquerors inflict, for example: "They attacked the towns and spared neither the children nor the aged nor pregnant women in childbed, not only stabbing them and dismembering then but cutting them to pieces as if dealing with sheep in the slaughter house"� .

This and other sources like Born In Blood And Fire by John Charles Chasteen, show how the Spanish mistreated the Indians . The fact that the Spanish mistreated the Indians is apparent, but the fact that they would go as far as to burn babies, kill masses of people with little to no excuse in every encounter is not conceivable. Also De Las Casas states that " They are by nature the most humble, patient, and peaceable, holding no grudges, free from embroilments neither excitable nor quarrelsome"� . This is clearly not always the case...



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