Pope Paul III and the American Indians

@article{Hanke1937PopePI,
  title={Pope Paul III and the American Indians},
  author={Lewis Hanke},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  year={1937},
  volume={30},
  pages={65 - 102}
}
  • Lewis Hanke
  • Published 1 April 1937
  • History
  • Harvard Theological Review
When Alexander VI promulgated the bull Inter caetera on May 4, 1493 granting Spain a large part of the new world, there seems to have been no doubt that the natives who dwelt in the ‘very remote islands and mainlands’ would be willing and able to accept the teachings of the Catholic church. For Alexander had been informed that in those far off lands were very many peoples living in peace and, as reported, going unclothed, and not eating flesh. Moreover, … these very peoples … believe in one God… 

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