The People Speak: Hell
Published on September 12, 2017 by Paul Ciano
Bartolomé de las Casas, 1542:
Into this land of meek outcasts there came some Spaniards, who immediately behaved like ravening wild beasts. Killing, terrorizing, afflicting, torturing, and destroying the native peoples, and to such a degree that this island of Hispaniola, once so populous, having a population that I estimated to be more than 3 millions, has now a population of barely 200 hundred persons.
Their reason for killing and destroying such an infinite number of souls is that the Christians have an ultimate aim, which is to acquire gold and to swell themselves with riches, in a very brief time, and thus rise to a higher state disproportionate to their merits.
The Indians began to seek ways to throw the Christians out of their lands. The Christians, with their horses, and swords, and pikes, began to carry out massacres and strange cruelties against them. They made some low wide gallows on which the hanged victims feet almost touched the ground.
When tied to the stake, the cacique, Hatuey, was told by a Franciscan friar about the God of the Christians, and he was told what he could do in the brief time that remained to him in order to be saved and go to heaven. The cacique, who had never heard any of this before, asked the Franciscan friar if Christians all went to heaven. When told that they did, he said he would prefer to go to hell.