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Francisco de Vitoria & the Rights of the Indians, Pt. II – De Indis, cont.

January 7, 2011

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Francisco de Vitoria, having concluded in Part I of De Indis that the indigenous people of the Americas were the true owners of their own land with the right to govern themselves, goes on to discuss some of the justifications the Spanish have used to deprive them of these rights.  De Indis, Part II, represents […]

Francisco de Vitoria & the Rights of the Indians, Pt. I: De Indis, 1532

January 7, 2011

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The following is an edited and abridged form of the work De Indis attributed to Francisco de Vitoria, but in fact compiled from lecture notes by his students and subsequently published.  Francisco de Vitoria was a professor of sacred theology at the University of Salamanca and presented the following arguments in 1532. The highlights,  section […]

Trapped in the Headlights of Climate Change

January 7, 2011

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The fact is, it isn’t really the lights that pin them there, although it may seem that way to us.  That animal frozen in our headlights is merely displaying a tactic which kept its ancestors alive from a time long before there were humans and human civilization and cars to run animals down with. The […]

Requerimiento (1513)

January 7, 2011

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The following document was written by Palacios Rubios in 1513.  The Requirement or the requerimiento required Aboriginal people who heard it to surrender their lands and freedom to Spain, or face war and slavery.   As it came to be used, the mere reading of the document — in what would have been incomprehensible Spanish, sometimes […]