Requirimiento 1514

As it came to be used, the mere reading of the document — in what would have been incomprehensible Spanish, sometimes to sleeping villages, often out of earshot of the intended hearers — was intended and supposed to exonerate the invading conquistadors for any harm done to their victims in the course of attacking them.

And also they received and obeyed the priests whom their Highnesses sent to preach to them and to teach them our Holy Faith; and all these, of their own free will, without any reward or condition, have become Christians, and are so, and their Highnesses have joyfully and benignantly received them, and also have commanded them to be treated as their subjects and vassals; and you too are held and obliged to do the same.

And by a nation that is most humane, and excels in every sort of virtue. Indians were not compelled to convert, but if they did not, they were immediately subject to Spanish invasion.

Creatively is italicized due to sarcasm, apparently not everyone got this… His intentions were to spread Catholicism, bring back fortunes in gold and other valuables for the country of Spain, and to gain glory both for himself and Spain.

In53 Africans were kidnapped from West Africa and sold into the transatlantic slave trade. It granted Afonso V of Portugal the right to reduce any "Saracens, pagans and any other unbelievers" to hereditary slavery. Grant Oster -To know the truth of history is to realize its ultimate myth and its inevitable ambiguity.

Requerimiento 1513

Responding to this impeding clerical position, the Requerimiento was issued, providing a religious justification for war against and conquest of the local populations of pre-existing residents, on the pretext of their refusing the legitimate authority of the Kings of Spain and Portugal as granted by the Pope.

Philosophers and clerics were pressed to explain to their majesties, and the world, the justice of their actions. The document was designed to be read in Spanish by Spanish explorers to American Indians, introducing them to Christian doctrine.

One of these pontiffs, who succeeded St. Of all these nations God our Lord gave charge to one man, called St. If they listen carefully, the Indians will understand and accept what is happening as just; if not, Spain will make war on them. Thus the war in Iberia, between Christians trying to "reconquer" land they thought of as properly Christian and Muslims defending the land their forefathers claimed by right of conquest, heightened religious tensions and fervor on both sides.

The treatment of the Native Americans was at first rationalized on the grounds that they were cannibals; any means of subjugation were acceptable. Peter as Lord of the world, in the dignity and seat which I have before mentioned, made donation of these isles and Tierra-firme to the aforesaid King and Queen and to their successors, our lords, with all that there are in these territories, as is contained in certain writings which passed upon the subject as aforesaid, which you can see if you wish.

The treatment of the Native Americans was at first rationalized on the grounds that they were cannibals; any means of subjugation were acceptable. And, besides this, their Highnesses award you many privileges and exemptions and will grant you many benefits.

The Spanish Requirement was intended to remove confusion from the natives. And he commanded him to place his seat in Rome, as the spot most fitting to rule the world from; but also he permitted him to have his seat in any other part of the world, and to judge and govern all Christians, Moors, Jews, Gentiles, and all other sects.

Peter, and took him for Lord, King, and Superior of the universe; so also they have regarded the others who after him have been elected to the pontificate, and so has it been continued even till now, and will continue till the end of the world. And we shall sell you or dispose of you as the King sees fit.

His letters to their royal highnesses had prompted the Great Debate, accusing Spain and by inference, the king of crimes against humanity. But, on account of the multitude which has sprung from this man and woman in the five thousand years since the world was created, it was necessary that some men should go one way and some another, and that they should be divided into many kingdoms and provinces, for in one alone they could not be sustained.

One of these Pontiffs, who succeeded that St. So their Highnesses are kings and lords of these islands and land of Tierra-firme by virtue of this donation: And he commanded him to place his seat in Rome, as the spot most fitting to rule the world from; but also he permitted him to have his seat in any other part of the world, and to judge and govern all Christians, Moors, Jews, Gentiles, and all other sects.

From this it follows that all of us must be guided and aided by those who came before. The Spanish Requirement of was a document and declaration which divinely ordained the right to colonize the territories of the New World by force, if necessary, in the name of the Catholic Church.

[Juan Lopez de Palacios Rubios], Requerimiento ().

Transcription from Original

On the part of the King, Don Fernando, and of Dona Juana, his daughter, Queen of Castille and Leon, subduers of the barbarous nations, we their servants notify and make known to you, as best we can, that the Lord our God, Living and Eternal.

The Requerimiento of What was the Requerimiento of ?

Spanish Requirement of 1513

Well, simply put, the Requerimiento of stated that God had created the world and its people and had made the pope, initially St.

National Humanities Center Council of Castile (Spain), Requerimiento, 2 served their Highnesses, as lords and kings, in the way that subjects. REQUERIMIENTO _ _____ R E Q U I R E M E N T: P R O N O U N C E M E N T T O B E R E A D B Y S P A N I S H C O N Q U E R O R S T O D E F E A T E D I N D I A N S * The Requerimiento [Requirement] was written in by the Council of Castile to be read aloud as an ultimatum to conquered Indians in the Americas.

Requirimiento, Justification for waging a "just war" against native Americans. Optional: View this short biography of Hernan Cortez, conqueror of Mexico's Aztec Empire "Destruction of the Indies" by Bartolome de Las Casas,

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