A: Zinn feels that Morrison mentions the truth quickly and goes on to things more important to him. He feels that Morrison tries to cover the bad things in history up with good things that have happened. 6. What major issues does Bartolome de las Casas bring up regarding Spanish expeditions in the Caribbean? A: The major issues Batolome de las Casas bring up is Spanish cruelty towards the Indian people.
It is a description of great conquistador, Cortez, written by Bernal Diaz in 1516. This document again displays attitudes of indifference toward the Native American population, as Cortez promises gold, silver, and Indian slaves to anyone who accompanies him in conquering the new lands. Only briefly is religion mentioned in the document. This shows that the conquistadors valued wealth more than spreading the word of God. In other words, Spanish motives for monetary gain resulted in cruel and poor attitude towards Indians.
Simon Bolívar has an indignant perspective towards the colonization of South American, but remains optimistic of the future with especially high hopes for Chile and Colombia. Bolívar’s perspective on South America’s colonial past was one of outrage. In his letter he repeatedly confessed to believing that South America should be free of Spanish control. Bolívar gives description of the unfair treatment the Americans suffered under the Spanish control, “[they were] threatened with the fear of death, dishonor, and every harm; there is nothing [they] have not suffered at the hands of that unnatural stepmother-Spain.” Bolívar communicates that the many betrayals of the Spanish have severed any type of loyalty that may have been present in the past. He mentions that they “were never viceroys or governors except by very extraordinary reasons; archbishops and bishops, seldom; ambassadors, never; military men, only as subordinates; nobles, without privileges; lastly we were neither magistrates nor financiers, and hardly merchants.” This is considered another betrayal from the Spanish, not trusting them to have any type of consequential position in their own country.
Though showing a clear form of favortism to Spain, the article does include some information about the opposing side and attempts to bring everything together by somewhat equaling/ conforming the two stances at the end "Either story is improbable, and the true explanation of the occurrence may be summed up in the fact that the natives, black and white, hate and execrate the Spaniards, and that the feeling is mutual" (Troubles at Porto Rico).Where as, the Los Diez Mandamientos de Hombres Libres being a historical document with much importance, is undoubtedly in the favor of the Puerto Rican people and is more successful at pushing for/motivating/forcing the reader to look into additional research. With this, I do not mean to bash Betances, he was very much involved in the fight for freedom of the Puerto Ricans, but when evaluating the two documents in regards to which one provides the reader with a better/more attainable understanding his does seem more
If it is not accepted the man will not pick it up and the tribe’s man will have to lay down more gold or leave instead. These merchants are depicted as fair and appropriate in trading. Yet they are wary on the travels back due to potential thievery from other tribes. Each document is biased from he who wrote it. The monarch describes his military strength and conquers.
This social order was strict in the areas of marriage and punishments (Document 12). In Document 3, the Lords of Mexico explained that some parts of their history that were recorded were not acceptable for their people to see. So they were very precautious when it came to what their people knew about their history and what they didn’t. The map in Document 1 shows the territory that the Aztecs acquired, and most of them were taken by force. The Aztecs would also “demand tribute from conquered territory,” as stated in Document 10.
He discusses the Indian’s culture and customs with a revolting tone for he is completely against the Indian’s incapably of government and rule. Sepulveda provides a clear proof of the barbarity of the Indians. The Indian custom is described as “in these very institutions a proof of the crudity, the barbarity, and the natural slavery of these people” (4). A solution is proposed by Sepulveda stating that the Spanish government can easily change the Indian’s masters into themselves, and that the Christian life can be enforced onto the Indians. By providing a solution to the Spanish government, Sepulveda’s opinion on ruling the Indians becomes logical and more
This gives him confidence and allows him to be able to work on the problem without feeling ashamed. Another reason why friendly arguments are good occasionally is that it allows us room to freely express ourselves. If you do not take time to freely express yourself you could get lost in what someone else wants you to be or how someone else wants you to think. You have to determine your self worth from time to time which isn’t always easy. This is where the arguments may kick in but in the end you will be more appreciated for being you and you in turn will be better understood.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald uses the characters to demonstrate the corruption and degradation of the American Dream. He even uses the characters, namely Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby, to demonstrate the demise of those who are brave enough to attempt to attain its illusionary goals. There are different types of wealth represented in this novel. The Buchanans are wealthy people. Jay Gatsby is also wealthy but would rather simply be affluent.
Upon arriving in the colonized country and during his travels up the river he begins to see the truth about the company’s “trade” as well as the “cultivation” of the “uncivilized” inhabitants and culminates his enlightenment during his encounter with Kurtz. Conrad’s descriptions of the cruelties he encountered, albeit as a backdrop more than the main subject matter, point out that imperialism, contrary to popular belief at that time, was not a noble endeavor to civilize savage people but rather it was simply a horrific display of exploitation and man’s cruelty to man. Joseph Conrad’s novella contrasted the European’s view of imperialism as a noble, principled pursuit to bring culture to an uncivilized world with the stark reality that is was materialistic and evil in nature. Marlow begins his journey as a business man, going on a business trip. He slowly discovers through his observations that “business” in the Congo and his ideas of how his own “civilized” world is actually the savage one.