theology – ethics – society
Josef Bordat. In 1492, Christopher Columbus reached the island of Guanahani, which he named “San Salvador”. Columbus and his crew were accepted enthusiastically by the natives. Each year ten thousands of refugees from Africa reach the Canary Islands. They survived the risky crossing, which seems as dangerous as the crossing of the conquistadors 500 years ago. The refugees are usually rejected by the Spanish authorities following the stipulations of the European Union’s immigration policy. I would like to analyze the disparities and the possible connections between these two events by focusing on the concept of migration as developed in the writings of Francisco de Vitoria, who was contemporary with Columbus.
Vitoria’s Approach on Migration
Vitoria was born sometime around 1492 in the city of Burgos. In 1504, he entered the Dominican convention and was sent to Paris to study theology. He returned to Spain in 1523, soon joined the famous University of Salamanca and later became the most prominent representative of the School of Salamanca.
Vitoria treated intensively the question of the conquest’s legitimacy. In this context,…>read more.
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