Document 2 To fill the labor shortage, Las Casas urged colonists to import workers from Africa. Africans were immune to tropical diseases, he said, and had skills in farming, mining, and metalworking. Las Casas later regretted that advice because it furthered the brutal African slave trade. The Spanish began bringing African slaves to the Americans by the 1530s.
How were the conditions Las Casas described linked to the encomienda system?
What did Bartolome de las Casas feel about the encomienda system?