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The remembrance of the fifth centennial of the European discovery of America has revived the old dispute between those who condemn the event and those who applaud it. Beyond black and rosy legends, it is imperative that social sciences take a stand recognizing the pluriethnic composition of Latin America, and making know and explaining the genocide and ethnocide suffered in our continent. From an ethical standpoint, it is time to begin to hear the voices of those who after centuries of resistance claim solidarity from a mankind that will not be blinded by the fireworks of Expo Sevilla ’92.
Durante el siglo XVI, la conquista de América se transformó en una cuestión tanto política como teológica. Bartolomé de Las Casas representa un guía confiable para iluminar los diferentes problemas políticos de su tiempo. Este artículo pretende reflejar los principales aspectos del pensamiento político y filosófico de Las Casas, así como su vigencia actual.
This paper aims to approach the way the figure of the conquistador was dealt with in 18th and early 19th-century texts, in order to show the various interpretations that South-American authors (whether Spanish in origin or creoles) gave to the figure that changed the political and cultural makeup of the continent.
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