18 July – The Feast of Bartolome de las Casas, Friar and Missionary to the Indies, 1566

Bartolome de las Casas

Father Bartolome was a champion of the rights of Native Americans.  We most often think of slavery as involving those of African origin or descent but during the colonial period of both North and South America the enslavement of Native Americans was common.  The link below provides a more detailed biography of Father Bartolome.  He took a very brave and counter-cultural stand with regard to the rights of Native Americans.

Bartolome de las Casas.

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