The Laws of Burgos, 1512-1513


Consider, as you read these early regulations from the Spanish crown, not only what they say directly, but what they imply about Spaniards' views of native people in the Caribbean, about Spain's aims and ambitions there (at this date, still mainly the island of Hispaniola), about the methods of government that Spain was trying in its new possessions across the Atlantic, and about the degree of adaptability and flexibility visible in Spain's approach to organizing those possessions. In what ways, if any, do these regulations surprise you, positively or negatively?