Homework 9/7/17

According to the Mexican historian Andrés Reséndez, the four travelers “felt greatly disturbed and saddened that other Christians had already reached these remote lands and were causing so much harm to the natives”(204). Reséndez’s point is that throughout their travels, the four outsiders developed a new perspective on the Native Americans, and though they still felt that the natives would be better off as Christians under Spanish rule, they did not wish to bring harm to the natives. Having lived among the natives in the New World for several years, the four survivors were able to gain a new appreciation for the natives and their culture. They decided they wanted to convert these natives in a humane way. Looking deeper into Reséndez’s words, it is clear that he is arguing that their experiences changed the three Spaniards and the African.

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