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Diaz vs. Montaigne Barbarism' According to Bernal Term Paper

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Barbarism' According to Bernal Diaz and Michel de Montaigne

In his famous essay "Of Cannibals," the French Renaissance philosopher Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) observes that in general, humanity tends to criticize or degrade that which it does not understand, or that which feels or appears foreign. Nowhere is that more apparent than in various historical writings of European explorers and others about indigenous peoples of the New World, who observed and more often than not tried to 'civilize' them. In particular, I will compare and contrast two very different 16th century European viewpoints about indigenous peoples of the New World: those of Spanish conquistador of Mexico Bernal Diaz [del Castillo] (1492-1584) and French philosopher and essayist Montaigne.

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