I was born in 1474, in Seville and my family was closely tied to the family of Christopher Columbus. Because of this, I went to the New World when I was rather young, and I did so dozens of times throughout my life. As a young boy, I first-hand saw the terrible conditions that the Native Americans were being forced into. I was immediately against it, and did everything I could to get them their rights.
At around 1510 I became ordained as a priest in Santo Domingo, and was the first priest to be ordained in the Americas. I believed that the enslavement the Natives were enduring was not only a crime, but was also a mortal sin in the eyes of the church, though I was relatively indifferent to the exact same treatment of the African Americans. In my work and speeches against the enslavement of the natives I sited both the bible, and the law, and once said “All the world is Human.” In 1516 I went back to Spain and pleaded the Natives’ case with King Ferdinand V., but when I got there I learned he had died, which pushed back my plans to colonize a group of Natives.
When I was finally able to, I founded a model colony in Santo Domingo, but the project failed horribly. The Natives became the target of a corrective