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“Just War” Theory Of Ferdinand & Isabella Was The Logic Of Power

The following is from American Colonies: The Settling Of North America by Alan Taylor.

The specific issue being addressed in the paragraph is the killing and enslavement of the Taino people on Hispaniola and nearby islands by Christopher Columbus.    

Columbus’s slaughter and enslavement of Indians troubled the pious Spanish monarchs, who declared in 1500 that the Indians were “free and not subject to servitude.” But Ferdinand and Isabella failed to close the legal loophole exploited by the Spanish colonizers. It remained legal to enslave Indians taken in any “just war,” which the colonists characterized as any violence they conducted against resisting natives.”

And there you have the self-serving logic of power defined. 

October 17, 2007 - Posted by | Books, Colonial America, History, Politics | , , , ,


  1. sounds logical

    Comment by geo | October 17, 2007

  2. Amen and yes indeedie! I saw a comment on you tube following a film of Blackwater misdeeds where the person claimed to be a retired army guy. He noted that he and his predecessors (?) were, in fact, hired guns for the corporate elite ever since America began a standing army. I can certainly see where that is true…

    Comment by Mr. Natural | October 17, 2007

  3. Thanks for both comments. Columbus was a private contractor in essence as well. He got the gig to sail and reaped many of the profits of the plunder and the killing.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | October 18, 2007

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