Letter from Fray Toribio de Motolinía to Emperor Charles V

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788490071762

The letter of Fray Toribio de Motolinía to Emperor Charles V was written in 1555 in Tlaxcala. It exposes the spiritual and economic situation of New Spain. This famous letter to the emperor attacks Bartolomé de las Casas in defense of the Conquest, the colonists and evangelization.
It is an act of legitimization of the crown in the American colonization process. It is also a defense of indigenous people, interculturality and miscegenation. Fray Toribio de Benavente, also called Toribio de Motolinía, watches with horror the destruction of the Indians. It denounces the injustice and cruelty of conquerors and colonizers, and never tires of defending them against their exploiters.

“… and it is no wonder that he of the Houses does not know, because he did not try to know but bad Io and not good Io, nor did he have peace in this New Spain nor did he deprendido Indian language nor humiliate himself nor applied to teach them. His office was to write processes and sins that everywhere the Spaniards have done: and this is Io that makes much more expensive, and certainly only this office will not take Io to heaven. And Io who writes so is not all true or very ascertained…”

Fray Toribio de Benavente or de Paredes, was born in Benavente (Spain) between 1482 and 1492. He arrived in Mexico in 1524 where he died in 1569, after a life of intense missionary work.
Through his work, which was published almost three centuries after his death, he analyzes the first moments of the daily life of the new society and the first moments of the evangelization of Mexico.

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