AP US History Practice Question 2
"Those whose condition is such that their function is the use of their bodies and nothing better can be expected of them, those, I say, are slaves of nature. It is better for them to be ruled thus."
Juan de Sepulveda, Politics, 1522
"When Latin American nations gained independence in the 19th century, those two strains converged, and merged with an older, more universalist, natural law tradition. The result was a distinctively Latin American form of rights discourse. Paolo Carozza traces the roots of that discourse to a distinctive application, and extension, of Thomistic moral philosophy to the injustices of Spanish conquests in the New World. The key figure in that development seems to have been Bartolomé de Las Casas, a 16th-century Spanish bishop who condemned slavery and championed the cause of Indians on the basis of a natural right to liberty grounded in their membership in a single common humanity. 'All the peoples of the world are humans,' Las Casas wrote, and 'all the races of humankind are one.' According to Brian Tierney, Las Casas and other Spanish Dominican philosophers laid the groundwork for a doctrine of natural rights that was independent of religious revelation 'by drawing on a juridical tradition that derived natural rights and natural law from human rationality and free will, and by appealing to Aristotelian philosophy.'"
Mary Ann Glendon, "The Forgotten Crucible: The Latin American Influence
on the Universal Human Rights Idea," 2003
Which one of the following statements about the Spanish conquest of the Americas is most accurate?
Correct Answer: C
C Although many people assume Columbus to be the first European to explore North America, Scandinavians had previously explored areas in the northern part of this continent. The Spanish were not directly responsible for slavery, so rule out (A). Early Mexicans did not raise cattle or wheat, so rule out (B). And the Spanish did, in fact, intermarry extensively with native peoples throughout Mexico and South America, so rule out (D).