|(Bartolome de las Casas)|
Columbus and others towards the natives of the West Indies, was once one of these same perpetrators. In fact, family wealth that had assisted him in becoming a priest had been gained from these very activities. He therefore knew, more than any outsider ever could, the horror of these ways. In 1515 he gave up his own slaves – and then spent the next 50 years vigorously advocating for the rights of indigenous people.