Bartolome' de Las Casas, the "Apostle of the Indies," died this day, July 17, 1566. He was one of the first Christian missionaries known for his devotion to the oppressed and enslaved natives of Latin America. His work "Apologetic History of the Indies," published in 1530, exposed the oppression of the Indians in the forced labor and influenced Madrid to enact new laws to protect them. Bartolome' de Las Casas stated: "The main goal of divine Providence in the discovery of these tribes ... is ... the conversion and well-being of souls, and to this goal everything temporal must necessarily be ... directed."