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Afro-Mexicans (Spanish: afromexicanos; negros; afrodescendientes),[2] also known as Black Mexicans,[3] are Mexicans who have both a predominant heritage from Sub-Saharan Africa[4][3] and identify as such. As a single population, Afro-Mexicans includes individuals descended from Spanish colonial era transatlantic African slaves imported to Mexico, as well as others of more recent immigrant African descent,[4] including Afro-descended persons from neighbouring English, French, and Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean and Central America, and to a lesser extent recent immigrants directly from Africa. Afro-Mexicans are most concentrated in specific, largely isolated communities, including the populations of the Costa Chica of Oaxaca and Guerrero, Veracruz and in some cities in northern Mexico. According to recent DNA studies, although the average Mexican has a small amount of DNA dating back to Black African slave ancestors who had mixed into the predominant Mexican mestizo (mixed Spanish and Amerindian) genepool, averaging to about 5% Sub-Saharan African DNA, Afro-Mexican refers specifically to those Mexicans who, conversely, are predominantly of African ancestry. As opposed to other Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America with visible Afro-Latino populations, the history of blacks in Mexico has been lesser known for a number of reasons. Included among these reasons were their relatively small numbers as a proportion of the overall population of Mexico, irregular intermarriage with other Mexican ethnic groups, and Mexico’s tradition of defining itself as a “Mestizo” country. Although mestizo etymologically means “mixed”, the word is widely understood with the specific meaning of “mixed Spanish and Amerindian.” According to The Atlantic Slave Trade an estimated 200,000 enslaved Africans disembarked in New Spain, which later became modern Mexico.[5] From the beginning, the slaves, who were mostly male, intermarried with indigenous women. In some cases Spanish colonists had unions with female slaves. Spanish colonists created an elaborate racial caste system, classifying people by racial mixture. This system broke down in the very late colonial period; after Independence, the legal notion of race was eliminated. The creation of a national Mexican identity, especially after the Mexican Revolution, emphasized Mexico’s indigenous Amerindians and Spanish European heritage. This resulted in the passive elimination of African ancestors and contributions from Mexico’s national consciousness. Although Mexico had a significant number of African slaves during colonial times, most of the African-descended population were absorbed into the several times larger surrounding Mestizo (mixed European/Amerindian) and indigenous populations through unions among the groups. The genetic legacy of Mexico’s once significant number of colonial era African slaves is evidenced in non-Black Mexicans as trace amounts of sub-Saharan African DNA found in the average Mexican. Evidence of this long history of intermarriage with Mestizo and indigenous Mexicans is also expressed in the fact that in the 2015 census, 64.9% (896,829) of Afro-Mexicans also identified as indigenous Amerindian Mexicans. It was also reported that 9.3% of Afro-Mexicans speak an indigenous Mexican language.[6] About 1.2% of Mexico's population has significant African ancestry, with 1.38 million recognized during the 2015 Intercensus Estimate. Numerous Afro-Mexicans in the 21st century are naturalized black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean.[7] The 2015 Intercensus Estimate was the first time in which Afro-Mexicans could identify themselves as such and was a preliminary effort to include the identity before the 2020 census. The question asked on the survey was "Based on your culture, history and traditions, do you consider yourself black, meaning Afro-Mexican or Afro-descendant?"[8] and came about following various complaints made by civil rights groups and government officials.


1 Origins 2 Africans in colonial-era Mexico 3 Demography

3.1 Afro-Mexican population in the Costa Chica 3.2 Afro-Mexican population in Veracruz 3.3 Afro-Mexican population in northern Mexico

4 Afro-Mexicans by state 5 Notable Afro-Mexicans

5.1 Entertainment 5.2 Visual arts 5.3 Sports 5.4 Historical figures 5.5 Politics 5.6 Fictional figures

6 Gallery 7 See also 8 Further reading 9 References 10 External links

Origins[edit] Although the vast majority had their roots in Africa, not all slaves made the trip directly to America, some came from other Hispanic territories. Those from Africa belonged mainly to groups coming from Western Sudan and ethnic Bantu. The origin of the slaves is known through various documents such as transcripts of sales. Originally the slaves came from Cape Verde and Guinea.[9] Later slaves were also taken from Angola and the Canary Islands.[10] To decide the sex of the slaves that would be sent to the New World, calculations that included physical performance and reproduction were performed. At first half of the slaves imported were women and the other half men, but it was later realized that men could work longer without fatigue and that they yielded similar results throughout the month, while women suffered from pains and diseases more easily.[10] Later on, only one third of the total slaves were women. From the African continent dark skinned slaves were taken; "the first true blacks were extracted from Arguin."[11] Later in the sixteenth century, black slaves came from Bran, biafadas and Gelofe (in Cape Verde). Black slaves were classified into several types, depending on their ethnic group and origin, but mostly from physical characteristics. There were two main groups. The first, called Retintos, also called swarthy, came from Sudan and the Guinean Coast. The second type were amulatados or amembrillados of lighter skin color, when compared with other blacks and were distinguishable by their yellow skin tones.[12] Africans in colonial-era Mexico[edit]

Spanish conquistadors led by Hernán Cortés. The Spaniards are accompanied by native porters, Malinche and a black man who may be Juan Garrido. Codex Azcatitlan.

Mexican anthropologist Gonzalo Aguirre Beltrán estimated that there were six blacks who took part in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Notable among them was Juan Garrido, a black soldier born in Africa, Christianized in Portugal and who participated in the conquest of Tenochtitlan and Western Mexico. Another conquistador, Pánfilo de Narváez, brought an African slave who has been blamed for the smallpox epidemic of 1520. Early slaves were likely personal servants or concubines of their Spanish masters, who had been brought to Spain first and came with the conquistadors.[13][14] Mexico never became a society based on slavery, as happened in the U.S. south or Caribbean islands, but its economy did use slaves for many years during the colonial period. While a number of indigenous people were enslaved during the conquest period, later the colonists imported African slaves. Over time their mulatto (black/European) descendants were also enslaved if born to slave mothers (as was typical). The demand for slaves came in the early colonial period, especially between 1580 and 1640, when the indigenous population quickly declined due to the high fatalities from new infectious diseases.[15] Carlos V began to issue an increasing number of contracts between the Spanish Crown and private slavers specifically to bring Africans to Spanish colonies. These slavers made deals with the Portuguese, who controlled the African slave market.[13] Mexico had important slave ports in the New World, sometimes holding slaves brought by Spanish before they were sent to other parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.[16] Important economic sectors such as sugar production and mining relied heavily on slave labor during that time.[15] After 1640, slave labor became less important but the reasons are not clear. The Spanish Crown cut off contacts with Portuguese slave traders after Portugal gained its independence. Slave labor declined in mining as the high profit margins allowed the recruitment of wage labor. In addition, the indigenous and mestizo population increased, and with them the size of the free labor force.[15] In the later colonial period, most slaves continued to work in sugar production but also in textile mills, which were the two sectors that needed a large, stable workforce. Neither could pay enough to attract free laborers to its arduous work. Slave labor remained important to textile production until the later 18th century when cheaper English textiles were imported.[15]

Statue of Gaspar Yanga in Yanga, Veracruz

Slave labor was most common in Mexico City, where they were domestic servants such as maids, coachmen, personal service or armed bodyguards. However, they were more of a status symbol rather than an economic necessity.[15] Although integral to certain sectors of the economy through the mid-18th century, the number of slaves and the prices they fetched fell during the colonial period. Slave prices were highest from 1580 to 1640 at about 400 pesos. It decreased to about 350 pesos around 1650, staying constant until falling to about 175 pesos for an adult male in 1750. In the latter 18th century, mill slaves were phased out and replaced by indigenous, often indebted, labor. Slaves were nearly non-existent in the late colonial census of 1792.[15] While banned shortly after the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence, the practice did not definitively end until 1829.[14] Slave rebellions occurred in Mexico as in other parts of the Americas, with the first in Veracruz in 1537. Runaway slaves were called cimarrones, who mostly fled to the highlands between Veracruz and Puebla, with a number making their way to the Costa Chica region in what are now Guerrero and Oaxaca.[14][17] Runaways in Veracruz formed settlements called “palenques” which would fight off Spanish authorities. The most famous of these was led by Gaspar Yanga, who fought the Spanish for forty years until the Spanish recognized their autonomy in 1608, making San Lorenzo de los Negros (today Yanga) the first community of free blacks in the Americas.[14][17]

Castas painting showing the various race combinations

From early in the colonial period, African and African-descended people had offspring with people of European or indigenous races. This led to an elaborate caste system based on ethnic heritage. The offspring of mixed-race couples was divided into three general groups: mestizo for (Spanish) White/indigenous, mulatto for (Spanish) White/black and zambo or zambaigo for black/indigenous. However, there was overlap in these categories which recognized black mestizos. Black mestizos account for less than .5 percent of the Mexican population as of today. In addition, skin tone further divided the mestizo and mulatto categories. This loose system of classification became known as “las castas.” This did have problems. For example, those with African and indigenous heritage would hide the African as indigenous had a somewhat higher status at points in colonial history. Slaves with indigenous blood would be branded to prevent this. Free persons of African blood would hide such to avoid paying head taxes, not imposed on the indigenous. Las castas paintings were produced during the 18th centuries, commissioned by the wealthy to reflect Mexican society at that time. They portray the three races, European, indigenous and African and their complicated mixing. They are based on family groups, with parents and children labeled according to their caste. They have 16 squares in a hierarchy with the most European at the top. Indigenous and black women may appear at the top if they mix with European, but similar men never do. There is evidence that those of African heritage were classed as inferior to the indigenous, such as the idea that African heritage could not be “cleansed” in future generations. Also, as the formal caste system began to erode, those classed as “castizo” (Spanish/mestizo) were considered white, but moriscos (light-skinned offspring of Spanish and mulattoes) were considered mulattoes.[14] Genetic tests show that an average Mexican has about 4% sub-Saharan African ancestry, indicating that the Afro-Mexican population "disappeared" because it was absorbed into the larger Mexican gene pool.[18] Demography[edit] According to the 2015 Encuesta Intercensal, there were 1,381,853 Mexicans that self identified as Afro-descendants, or 1.2% of the country's population.[1] This is the first time that the government of Mexico has asked citizens whether they identify as Afro-Mexican. Places with large Afro-Mexican communities are: Costa Chica of Guerrero, Costa Chica of Oaxaca and Veracruz. While Northern Mexico has some towns with a minority of Mexicans of African descent. Afro-descendants can be found throughout the country, however they are numerically insignificant in some states. There are also recent immigrants of African and Caribbean origin.[7] Afro-Mexican population in the Costa Chica[edit]

Artist Ramiro Victor Paz Jimenes demonstrating work at the Museo de las Culturas Afromestizas in Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero

The Costa Chica (“small coast” in Spanish) extends from Acapulco to the town of Puerto Ángel in Oaxaca in Mexico’s Pacific coast. The Costa Chica is not well known to travelers, with few attractions, especially where Afro-Mexicans live. Exceptions to this are the beaches of Marquelia and Punta Maldonado in Guerrero and the wildlife reserve in Chacahua, Oaxaca.[19] The area was very isolated from the rest of Mexico, which prompted runaway slaves to find refuge here. However, this has changed to a large extent with the building of Fed 200 which connects the area to Acapulco and other cities on the Pacific coast.[20] African identity and physical features are stronger here than elsewhere in Mexico as the slaves here did not intermarry to the extent that others did. Not only is black skin and African features more prominent, there are strong examples of African-based song, dance and other art forms.[21][22] Until recently, homes in the area were round mud and thatch huts, the construction of which can be traced back to what are now the Ghana and Ivory Coast.[19] Origin tales often center on slavery. Many relate to a shipwreck (often a slave ship) where the survivors settle here or that they are the descendants of slaves freed for fighting in the Mexican War of Independence.[16][23] The region has a distinct African-influenced dance called the Danza de los Diablos (Dance of the Devils) which is performed for Day of the Dead. They dance in the streets with wild costumes and masks accompanied by rhythmic music. It is considered to be a syncretism of Mexican Catholic tradition and West African ritual. Traditionally the dance is accompanied by a West African instrument called a bote, but it is dying out as the younger generations have not learned how to play it.[16][23] There are a number of “pueblos negros” or black towns in the region such as Corralero and El Ciruelo in Oaxaca, and the largest being Cuajinicuilapa in Guerrero. The latter is home to a museum called the Museo de las Culturas Afromestizos which documents the history and culture of the region.[16][23]

Girl from Punta Maldonado, Guerrero.

The Afro-Mexicans here live among mestizos (indigenous/white) and various indigenous groups such as the Amuzgos, Mixtecs, Tlalpanecs and Chatinos .[19] Terms used to denote them vary. White and mestizos in the Costa Chica call them “morenos” (dark-skinned) and the indigenous call them “negros” (black). A survey done in the region determined that the Afro-Mexicans in this region themselves preferred the term “negro,” although some prefer “moreno” and a number still use “mestizo.”[14][16][24] Relations between Afro-Mexican and indigenous populations are strained as there is a long history of hostility.[19][20] Afro-Mexicans are as indigenous to Mexico as the palest Mexican with strictly European ancestry. However, the social stigma and internalized racism associated with blackness and dark skin causes many Afro-Mexicans to feel shame and deny their negritude instead of finding self-acceptance and pride in their dark skin, kinky hair, and African features.[25][26] Afro-Mexican population in Veracruz[edit] Like the Costa Chica, the state of Veracruz has a number of pueblos negros, notably the African named towns of Mandinga, Matamba, Mozambique and Mozomboa as well as Chacalapa, Coyolillo, Yanga and Tamiahua.[21][22][27] The town of Mandinga, about forty five minutes south of Veracruz city, is particularly known for the restaurants that line its main street.[22] Coyolillo hosts an annual Carnival with Afro-Caribbean dance and other African elements.[28] However, tribal and family group were separated and dispersed to a greater extent around the sugar cane growing areas in Veracruz. This had the effect of intermarriage and the loss or absorption of most elements of African culture in a few generations.[22][29] This intermarriage means that while Veracruz remains “blackest” in Mexico’s popular imagination, those with black skin are mistaken for those from the Caribbean and/or not “truly Mexican". The total population of people of African Descent including people with one or more black ancestors is 4 percent, the third highest of any Mexican state.[16] The phenomena of runaways and slave rebellions began early in Veracruz with many escaping to the mountainous areas in the west of the state, near Orizaba and the Puebla border. Here groups of escaped slaves established defiant communities called “palenques” to resist Spanish authorities.[17][30] The most important Palenque was established in 1570 by Gaspar Yanga and stood against the Spanish for about forty years until the Spanish were forced to recognize it as a free community in 1609, with the name of San Lorenzo de los Negros. It was renamed Yanga in 1932.[17][31] Yanga was the first municipality of freed slaves in the Americas. However, the town proper has almost no people of obvious African heritage. These live in the smaller, more rural communities.[31]

El Costeño by José Agustín Arrieta, the painting shows a boy from the coast, likely Veracruz, holding a basket of fruits including mamey, tuna and pitahaya.

Because African descendants dispersed widely into the general population, African and Afro-Cuban influence can be seen in Veracruz’s music dance, improvised poetry, magical practices and especially food.[22][27][29] Veracruz son music, best known through the popularity of the hit “La Bamba” has African origins.[17] Veracruz cooking commonly contains Spanish, indigenous and African ingredients and cooking techniques.[22] One defining African influence is the use of peanuts. Even though peanuts are native to the Americas, there is little evidence of their widespread use in the pre Hispanic period. Peanuts were brought to Africa by the Europeans and the Africans adopted them, using them in stews, sauces and many other dishes. The slaves that came later would bring this new cooking with the legume to Mexico.[22] They can be found in regional dishes such as encacahuatado, an alcoholic drink called the torito, candies (especially in Tlacotalpan), salsa macha and even in mole poblano from the neighboring state of Puebla.[29] This influence can be seen as far west as Puebla, where peanuts are an ingredient in mole poblano.[22] Another important ingredient introduced by African cooking is the plantain, which came from Africa via the Canary Islands. In Veracruz, they are heavily used breads, empanadas, desserts, mole, barbacoa and much more. One other defining ingredient in Veracruz cooking is the use of starchy tropical roots, called viandas. They include cassava, malanga, taro and sweet potatoes.[22][29] Afro-Mexican population in northern Mexico[edit] There are some towns with few blacks in them, far north of Mexico, especially in Coahuila and the country’s border with Texas. Some ex slaves and free blacks came into northern Mexico in the 19th century from the United States.[16] A few of the routes of the Underground Railroad led to Mexico.[32] One particular group was the Mascogos, a branch of Black Seminoles, originally from Florida were runaway slaves and free blacks intermingled with Seminole natives. Many of these settled in and around the town of El Nacimiento, Coahuila, where their descendants remain.[17] Afro-Mexicans by state[edit]

State % Afro-Mexicans Afro-Mexican population % Partial Afro-Mexicans % Total Afro-descendants Total Afro-descendant population

Mexico 1.16% 1,386,556 0.5% 1.66% 1,984,210

Aguascalientes 0.05% 656 0.35% 0.4% 5,250

Baja California 0.22% 7,294 0.31% 0.53% 17,573

Baja California Sur 1.55% 11,036 0.72% 2.27% 16,163

Campeche .39% 3,509 .76% 1.15% 10,349

Coahuila .09% 2,659 .28% .37% 10,933

Colima .11% 782 .47% .58% 4,125

Chiapas .08% 4,174 .33% .41% 24,309

Chihuahua .08% 2,845 .25% .33% 11,734

Durango .01% 175 .64% .65% 11,405

Guanajuato .03% 1,756 .31% .34% 19,902

Guerrero 6.5% 229,661 1.11% 7.61% 268,880

Hidalgo .07% 2,000 .54% .61% 17,435

Jalisco .78% 61,189 .35% 1.13% 88,646

Estado de México 1.88% 304,327 .45% 2.33% 377,171

Mexico City 1.8% 160,535 .53% 2.33% 207,804

Michoacán .08% 3,667 .51% .59% 27,048

Morelos .42% 7,996 .49% .91% 17,324

Nayarit .06% 708 .24% .30% 3,543

Nuevo Leon 1.49% 76,280 .36% 1.85% 94,710

Oaxaca 4.95% 196,410 .94% 5.89% 233,708

Puebla .12% 7,402 .47% .59% 36,396

Querétaro .12% 2,446 .38% .50% 10,191

Quintana Roo .56% 8,408 .71% 1.27% 19,069

San Luis Potosí .04% 1,087 .51% .55% 14,948

Sinaloa .04% 1,186 .24% .28% 8,305

Sonora .06% 1,710 .30% .36% 10,261

Tabasco .11% 2,634 .92% 1.03% 24,671

Tamaulipas .29% 9,980 .36% .65% 22,371

Tlaxcala .06% 763 .44% .50% 6,364

Veracruz 3.28% 266,090 .79% 4.07% 330,178

Yucatán .12% 2,516 .89% 1.01% 21,181

Zacatecas .02% 315 .32% .34% 5,369

Source: INEGI (2015)[33]

Notable Afro-Mexicans[edit]

Performance of the Danza de los Diablos, associated with the Afro-Mexican population of the Costa Chica.

Musicians accompanying the dancers. Among the instruments used are the quijada and bote drum, both characteristic of the Costa Chica.

The majority of Mexico's native Afro-descendants are Afromestizos, i.e. "mixed-race". Individuals of exclusively black ancestry make up a very low percentage of the total Mexican population, the majority being recent immigrants. The following list is of notable Afro-Mexicans, a noteworthy portion of which are the descendants of recent black immigrants to Mexico from Africa, the Caribbean and elsewhere in the Americas. Mexico employs jus soli when granting citizenship, meaning that any individual born on Mexican territory will be granted citizenship regardless of his or her parent's immigration status.


Álvaro Carrillo - music composer[34] Jean Duverger - dancer, singer, and sportscaster of French-Haitian descent (Mexico-born) Abraham Laboriel, Sr. - musician; one of the most recorded bass guitarists in popular music Johnny Laboriel - rock and roll singer (Honduran descent)[35] Kalimba Marichal - (Cuban descent) singer and actor Toña la Negra - singer[36] Lupita Nyong'o - Kenyan-Mexican actress (Mexico-born) Alejandra Robles - Afromestiza singer and dancer from the Costa Chica of Oaxaca Samo - singer from Veracruz

Visual arts[edit]

Elizabeth Catlett - African-American artist (naturalized Mexican) Juan Correa - 18th-century mulatto painter José de Ibarra - 18th-century mixed race painter Julia López - painter from the Costa Chica of Guerrero Leonel Maciel - artist of mixed African, Asian and indigenous roots


Alfredo Amézaga - baseball player Melvin Brown - Jamaican-Mexican footballer (Mexico-born) Tomás Campos - footballer Adrián Chávez - footballer (African-American father) François Endene - Cameroonian-Mexican footballer (naturalized Mexican) Omar Flores - footballer Edoardo Isella - Honduran-Mexican footballer (Mexico-born) Roberto Nurse - Panamanian-Mexican footballer (Mexico-born) Jorge Orta - baseball player Édgar Pacheco - footballer Carlos Alberto Peña - footballer Marvin Piñón - footballer James de la Rosa - boxer Juan de la Rosa - boxer Giovani dos Santos - footballer (Afro-Brazilian father) Jonathan dos Santos - footballer (Afro-Brazilian father)

Historical figures[edit]

Juan Roque - known for his will and testament Gaspar Yanga - founder of the first free African township in the Americas, in 1609[37]


Vicente Guerrero - afromestizo, Mexican President and abolitionist (perhaps Filipino ancestry as well)[38] Joaquín Hendricks Díaz - former governor of Quintana Roo Fidel Herrera - former governor of Veracruz René Juárez Cisneros - former governor of Guerrero Pío Pico - last Mexican governor of Alta California[39]

Fictional figures[edit] The comic character Memín Pinguín, whose magazine has been available in Latin America, the Philippines, and the United States newsstands for more than 60 years, is an Afro-Cuban. The Mexican government issued a series of five stamps in 2005 honoring the Memín comic-book series. The issue of these stamps was considered racist by some groups in the United States and praised by the Mexican audience who remember growing up with the magazine.[citation needed] Gallery[edit]

"from a Black male and female Amerindian, comes a Lobo" (Zambo)

"from a Black male and female Spaniard, comes a Mulatto"

"From male Spaniard and Mulatta: Morisca"

"from Mulatto and Mestiza, produce Mulatto, he is Torna Atrás" by Juan Rodríguez Juárez

The Mulatta - from the series The Mexican Castes by José Joaquín Magón

An Afromestizo from the coast of Oaxaca holding a Pelota mixteca.

Girls in Punta Maldonado, Cuajinicuilapa, Guerrero

Woman getting ready for the Carnival in Coyolillo, Actopan, Veracruz

See also[edit]

Mexico portal

Afro-Latin Americans Afro-Mexicans in the Mexican War of Independence Black Hispanic and Latino Americans Black Indian Indigenous Mexicans White Mexicans Asian Mexicans Indigenous peoples of the Americas

Further reading[edit]

Aguirre Beltrán, Gonzalo, La población negra de México, 1519-1810: Estudio etnohistórico. Mexico 1946. Alberro, Solange, "Juan de Morga and Gertrudis de Escobar: Rebellious Slaves." In Struggle and Survival in Colonial America, eds. David G. Sweet and Gary B. Nash. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press 1981. Arce, B. Christine. Mexico's Nobodies: The Cultural Legacy of the Soldadera and Afro-Mexican Women. Albany: State University of New York Press 2016. Archer, Christon. "Pardos, Indians, and the Army of New Spain: Inter-relationships and Conflicts, 1780-1810." Journal of Latin American Studies 6:2(1974), 231-55. Bennett, Herman L. Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity, and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570-1640. Bloomington: Indiana University Press 2003. Carroll, Patrick J. Blacks in Colonial Veracruz. Austin: University of Texas Press 1991. Davidson, David. "Negro Slave Control and Resistance in Colonial Mexico, 1519-1650". Hispanic American Historical Review 46(3) 1966, 237-43. Deans-Smith, Susan. "'Dishonor in the hands of Indians, Spaniards, and Blacks': The (racial) politics of painting in early modern Mexico." In Race and classification. Stanford: Stanford University Press 2009. Gerhard, Peter. "A Black Conquistador in Mexico." Hispanic American Historical Review 58:3(1978), 451-9. Gutiérrez Brockington, Lolita. The Leverage of Labor: Managing the Cortés Haciendas in Tehuantepec, 1588-1688. Durham: Duke University Press 1989. Konrad, Herman W. A Jesuit Hacienda in Colonial Mexico: Santa Lucía, 1576-1767. Stanford: Stanford University Press 1980. (a chapter devoted to black slaves). Lewis, Laura A. "Colonialism and its Contradictions: Indians, Blacks and Social Power in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Mexico" Journal of Historical Sociology Volume 9, Issue 4, pages 410–431, December 1996 Love, Edgar L. "Marriage Patterns of Persons of African Descent in a Colonial Mexico City Parish," Hispanic American Historical Review 51:4(1971), 79-91. Martínez, María Elena. 2004. “The Black Blood of New Spain: Limpieza De Sangre, Racial Violence, and Gendered Power in Early Colonial Mexico”. The William and Mary Quarterly 61 (3). Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture: 479–520. doi:10.2307/3491806. Palmer, Colin A. Slaves of the White God: Blacks in Mexico, 1570-1650. Cambridge: Harvard University Press 1976. Restall, Matthew. "Black Conquistadors: Armed Africans in Early Spanish America." The Americas vol. 57: 2, Oct. 2000 pp. 171–205. Restall, Matthew, ed. Beyond Black and Red: African-native Relations in Colonial Latin America. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press 2005. Seed, Patricia. 1982. “Social Dimensions of Race: Mexico City, 1753”. Hispanic American Historical Review 62 (4). Duke University Press: 569–606. doi:10.2307/2514568. Super, John C. "Miguel Hernández: Master of Mule Trains," In Struggle and Survival in Colonial America, eds. David G. Sweet and Gary B. Nash. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press 1981. Taylor, William B., "The Foundation of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Morenos de Amapa," The Americas, 26 (1970):439-446. Vinson, Ben III. Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico. Stanford: Stanford University Press 2001. von Germeten, Nicole. Black Blood Brothers: Confraternities and Social Mobility for Afro Mexicans. Gainesville: University of Florida Press 2006.


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Afromexicanos from Oaxaca Población Siglo XXI, a magazine published by the Government of Oaxaca Afrodescendientes en México, una historia de silencio y discriminación from CONAPRED Black Mexico: Nineteenth-Century Discourses of Race and Nation (Dissertation for Ph.D. in History from Brown University) From Curing to Witchcraft: Afro-Mexicans and the Mediation of Authority at Project MUSE Afro-Mexico: Dancing between Myth and Reality at Project MUSE Genetic relationship of a Mexican Afromestizo population through the analysis of the 3' haplotype of the beta globin gene in betaA chromosomes Black Seminole Indians from the Handbook of Texas Online (includes information on the mascogos of Mexico)

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