Las Casas, Valladolid Debate & Converting the New World Video


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How did Bartolome de Las Casas' career choice form his later actions in the New World?

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1. Why is it ironic that Las Casas would stand up for the rights of the inhabitants of the New World?

2. What was the root of the encomienda system?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Taking a look at the difference one person can make, this quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of the contributions of Las Casas. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding the profession of Las Casas as well as knowing the ties his family had in Spain.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Profession of Las Casas
  • Las Casas family ties in Spain
  • What the encomienda system granted
  • Focus of the New Laws of 1542
  • Purpose of the Valladolid debates

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding what the encomienda system granted and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the focus of the New Laws of 1542
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Las Casas lesson

Additional Learning

To learn more about how oppression was met during this time, review the corresponding lesson, Las Casas, Valladolid Debate and Converting the New World. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand who Las Casas was
  • Identify how Las Casas received the right to explore America
  • Explain how he weakened the encomienda system of Spain
  • Describe how Las Casas focused attention on the treatment of native peoples
  • Appreciate why he came to be known as the defender of Indians