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Which papal bull of 1537 prohibited the enslavement of Native Americans and all other people?

Question #148060. Asked by pehinhota.
Last updated Oct 17 2020.
Originally posted Oct 15 2020 2:36 PM.

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The primary papal bull prohibiting the enslavement of indigenous people (and all other people) was 1537's "Sublimis Deus". It was accompanied by an apostolic brief, "Pastorale officium", which declared that anyone enslaving indigenous people would be automatically excommunicated, but that brief was withdrawn under pressure from Spain in 1538 (in "Non Indecens Videtur").


Response last updated by AyatollahK on Oct 15 2020.
Oct 15 2020, 3:21 PM
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