Friday, 23 October 2015

A comparison of the voices of the spanish bartolomé de las casas and the Eortuguese Fernando Oliveira on just war and slavery (Review)

Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2014, Pages 87-118

Providence College, United States


This investigation compares the Spanish cleric, Bartolomé de Las Casas, with the Portuguese cleric, Fernando Oliveira, both of whom raised their voices in protest during the sixteenth century as Portugal and Spain politically extended, economically exploited, and religiously expanded into the Atlantic World. Las Casas condemned the wars of conquest and the consequent unjust enslavement of New World indigenous peoples; Oliveira condemned unjust warfare waged to promote and sustain the slave trade along the West African coast. This analysis demonstrates that both priests denounced warfare that violated the principles of just war and therefore resulted in enslavements without just cause. Copyright © 2008 E-Journal Of Portuguese History.

Author keywords

Bartolomé de las Casas; Fernando oliveira; Just war; Sixteenth-century; Slavery
ISSN: 16456432Source Type: Journal Original language: English
Document Type: Review
Publisher: Universidade do Porto