And would the purchaser be scrupulously
inquisitive of the birthplace and instruction of his laborers?
Besides, the culture of sugar was now successfully begun; and the system of slavery, already riveted, was not long restrained by the scruples of men in power.
King Ferdinand himself sent from Seville
to labor in the mines; and, because it was said, that one negro could do the work of four Indians
, the direct traffic in slaves between Guinea
was enjoined by a royal ordinance,2
liberately sanctioned by repeated decrees.3
not natural that Charles V., a youthful monarch, surrounded by rapacious courtiers, should have readily granted licenses to the Flemings to transport Negroes
to the colonies?
The benevolent Las Casas
, who had seen the native inhabitants of the New World vanish away, like dew, before the cruelties of the Spaniards, who felt for the Indians all that an ardent charity and the purest missionary zeal could inspire, and who had seen the African thriving in robust4
health under the sun of Hispaniola
, returning from America
the cause of the feeble Indians
, in the same year which saw the dawn of the Reformation in Germany
, suggested the expedient,5
that negroes might still further be employed to perform the severe toils which they alone could endure.
The avarice of the Flemings greedily seized on the expedient; the board of trade