What seemed to be or not to be a 1528 letter of Bartolomé de las Casas to Charles V
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress presents a lecture on October 18, 2007: “What seemed to be or not to be a 1528 letter of Bartolomé de las Casas to Charles V: an historiographical opinion about the Parecer,” David Orique, Kislak Fellow, at 12:00 in LJ-119. Thomas Jefferson Building
David Orique is studying a rare manuscript (dated 1528) written by Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566), a Spanish Dominican priest, first bishop of Chiapas, Cuba, and advocate of the rights of indigenous native people of the Americas. Although he originally planned to research Las Casas' epistemological development by comparing this document, found in the Library's Jay I. Kislak Collection, with Las Casas' writings from 1516, Orique's research indicates that the letter was written in 1542, not in 1528. Orique will explain how he came to this conclusion and suggest possible implications for future scholarship on Las Casas.
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