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Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer

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November 16, 1484  
Probable birthdate of Bartolomé de las Casas (1484-1566), Spanish bishop and historian who opposed slavery and condemned the atrocities committed by the colonizers against the indigenous peoples of the Americas. His writings, including A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies and Historia de Las Indias, chronicle the first decades of colonization of the West Indies.
Related Topics: ColonialismColonies/Spanish
November 16, 1532  
The Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captures the Inca ruler Atahualpa, a major step in the destruction of the Inca Empire. Pizarro demands a huge ransom in gold to release Atahualpa. When it is delivered, Pizarro keeps the gold and murders Atahualpa.
Related Topics: ColonialismInca
November 16, 1837  
Colonial authorities in Lower Canada move to arrest defeated rebels, who take refuge in the countryside.
November 16, 1885  
The Métis leader Louis Riel (1844-1885), leader of the Northwest Rebellion, is hanged for treason.
November 16, 1989  
Six Jesuits, their housekeeper, and her daughter, are brutally murdered in El Salvador by a military death squad.



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