Bartolome de las Casas: Destruction of the Amerindians


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What was the intent of the encomienda system in the New World?

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1. Why was Las Casas strongly opposed to the encomienda system?

2. Why did Bartolome de las Casas found a colony in Cumana?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Bartolome de las Casas held an unpopular position among Spaniards when it came to the Amerindians of the New World. This worksheet and quiz will test you on topics such as the encomienda system, Bartolome de las Casas' actions and the New Laws of 1542.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test your knowledge of:

  • Definition of the encomienda system
  • Bartolome de las Casas and his attempts to help the Amerindians
  • What the New Laws of 1542 enacted
  • Bartolome de las Casas' writings

Skills Practiced

You will practice the following skills when you complete this quiz and worksheet:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can correctly define main phrases, such as encomienda system and the New Laws of 1542
  • Making connections - understand why Bartolome de las Casas wanted to change the encomienda system
  • Information recall - access the knowledge that you have gained regarding Bartolome de Las Casas and his views on the Amerindians

Additional Learning

In order to learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson on the Impact of Bartolome de las Casas on the Amerindians. The lesson covers the following areas:

  • Define terms such as Amerindians, conquistadors, encomiendas and encomenderos
  • Explain the New Laws of 1542
  • Identify Bartolome de las Casas and his initial experience with the encomienda system
  • Explore Bartolome's work to garner better treatment for the Amerindians