Anti Spanish Propaganda
Spanish cruelty towards the Indians was notorious. Brief Relation of the Destructions of the Indies by Bartolomé de las Casas, which became a best-seller during the 16th century, helped to foster and disseminate this "black legend".
Its popularity, however, was due more to fear and hatred of Spain than to love of the Indians.
This illustration by De Bry appeared in The Netherlands as anti-Spanish propaganda. (p574, Chronicle of the World, Editor: Jerome Burne)
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