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The Spanish Polemic on Colonisation

Articles by John Minahane originally published 2013-15 in the journal Church and State, Numbers 111, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119.

Preface: 1492 and its effects on Ireland

Part One: On humanism - Erasmus, Luther and Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda

Part two: Bartolomé de Las Casas as colonial reformer

Part three: Bartolomé de Las Casas and revolutionary theocracy

Part four: The controversy at Valladolid, 1550-1551

Part five: A modern criticism of Las Casas

Part six: Cabeza de Vaca and what the Indians wanted

Notes (These can be found with each separate article. Those willing to risk their eyesight by reading online can open them in a separate window and follow them in parallel with the main text. They should also be read in conjunction with the bibliography. The texts can also be downloaded as files in Word format.)


Map of the area in question

From the website of Brad C. Huber

JOHN MINAHANE is author and/or translator of

The Christian Druids, Dublin, Sanas Press, 1993

The Contention of the Poets - An essay in Irish intellectual history, Bratislava, Sanas Press, 2000
Ladislav Novomeský: Slovak Spring, with introductory essay, 'Laco Novomeský in the 20th Century Labyrinth', Belfast Historical and Educational Society, 2004

The Poems of Geoffrey O'Donoghue, with essay on Ireland's War Poets, 1641-1653, Aubane, Aubane Historical Society, 2008

Conor O'Mahony: An Argument defending the right of the Kingdom of Ireland (1645), with essay - Conor O'Mahony, the 1641 rebellion and the independence of Ireland, Aubane, Aubane Historical Society, 2010

He is also editor of the Heidegger Review