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Freedom and Servitude: Indigenous Slavery and the Spanish Conquest of the Caribbean

  • Luis N. Rivera-Pagán
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Abstract

That historical moment when Spain seized and took possession of the Caribbean lands its armadas ‘discovered’ at the end of the fifteenth century — what we call ‘the Conquest’ — led inevitably to a complex dilemma: What were the relations between the native inhabitants and the invaders to be? The difficult historical nexus of acts of barbarous violence on the one hand and the sense of human dignity inherent to the Christian faith on the other gave rise to one of the most intense and extraordinary debates in the history of the world: the debate on the freedom or enslavement of the New World indigene.

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