Bartolome de Las Casas was born on 11 November 1481. The birthplace of Bartolome de Las Casas is Seville, Spain. The name of his father was Pedro de Las Casas. His father was a small merchant. It is thought that his father is a descendant of French families that have founded the city of Seville. Firstly, Bartolomé de Las Casas family name was Casus, but it was later changed. According to some historians, Bartolomé de Las Casas family were originally Jews who had converted to the Christian faith - conversos. But, many historians think that his family was actually from France and that they are one of the first founders of the city of Seville. Bartolomé de Las Casas father Pedro de Las Casas, and three of Bartolomés uncles sailed together with Christopher Columbus on his second trip to America. Pedro de Las Casas received a very special gift for doing various services during the voyage. The gift to him was a young Indian slave in his pre-teen years. Pedro de Las Casas decided to give that special gift, that was a reminder to him on times spent with Christopher Columbus, to his son Bartolomé de Las Casas. He didn't like his gift. In fact, he felt sad because of the boy. That was the first sign that Bartolomé de Las Casas would become a big opponent of the Spanish colonization and become the human rights activist. In 1507, Bartolomé de Las Casas, still at his young age, traveled to Rome to observe the Festival of Flutes.