Bartolomé de las Casas (US: /lɑːs ˈkɑːsəs/ lahs KAH-səs, Spanish: [baɾtoloˈme ðe las ˈkasas] (About this soundlisten); c. 1484 – 18 July 1566) was a 16th-century Spanish colonist who acted as a historian and social reformer before becoming a Dominican friar.
Spanish priest Bartolome de Las Casas wrote a book on human rights and slavery in the New World titled Brevisirna relacion de la destruccion de las Indias (A Brief Report on the Destruction of the Indies) Continue reading
The European country of Denmark was the first to outlaw slavery, in 1792. Continue reading
Constantine the Great (Latin: Flavius Valerius Aurelius Constantinus Augustus; Greek: Κωνσταντῖνος ὁ Μέγας; 27 February c. 272 AD – 22 May 337 AD), also known as Constantine I or Saint Constantine (in the Orthodox Church as Saint Constantine the Great, Equal-to-the-Apostles), was a Roman Emperor of Illyrian-Greek origin from 306 to 337 AD. Continue reading
A law promulgated by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great in 332 CE required serfs to remain on the land and to submit to the demands of the lord and his agents. Continue reading
Christopher Columbus (c. 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. Born in the Republic of Genoa, under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading
Christopher Columbus on his second voyage, on his second voyage, in 1493, imported slaves to the New World (other than indigenous people enslaved by other indigenous people), they were African slaves. Continue reading