Maya Art, History, and Culture

Bartholome de Las Casas, the first clergyman ordained in the New World tells us that Pedro de Alvarado killed more than four million people between the years of 1525 and 1540. Las Casas states that they advanced through the countryside, “killing, ravaging, burning, robbing, and destroying all the country wherever he came.” Pedro de Alvarado is well known for his massacres, but these numbers are so high that they stagger the imagination. However, if we look at the entire picture, and include all of the people that were also enslaved, branded, and sold on the slave market, the number is probably correct and can even be supported by Alvarado's own personal accounts. From his own words we know that slave traders and Spanish tax collectors followed his every move in Guatemala. He also tells us that the demand was great, and that slaves were sold and exported as fast as he and his brothers could capture them. Most slaves were forced to work in a gold or silver mine, in deplorable conditions that meant certain death.

Antigua Ruins
Antigua Ruins
Mashenos Baby
Mashenos Baby
Men from San Antonio Palopo
Men from San Antonio Palopo
Antigua Vegetable Buyer
Antigua Vegetable Buyer
Mayan Reboso
Mayan Reboso
Mayan Peten Itza Laundry
Mayan Peten Itza Laundry
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