IRRC No. 290

The defence of human dignity in the New World

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The spirit of discovery, which from 1492 led to the conquest of the territories beyond the ocean, lasted practically throughout the sixteenth century. However, those territories were not simply hitherto unknown lands waiting to be discovered and occupied. From the outset it was obvious that they were inhabited. The scenery was accompanied by the presence of man even on the islands of the first landfall.

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