Spain (present-day Mexico), in , Gaspar Yanga led the escape of his fellow slaves into nearby mountains. There they lived for nearly 40 years, arming and. The heritage of Africans in Mexico after Christopher Columbus is a rarely explored topic in the history books of the Americas. Gaspar Yanga is one of the. Not keeping up with technology is an excellent path to becoming a slave. Happens to the best of humans. It happened to Gaspar Yanga, and.

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Not keeping up with technology is an excellent path to becoming a slave. No More Mexico without Afromexicans! Mexican soldiers Rebel slaves Mexican slaves Maroons people. These maroon troops were led by Francisco de la Matosaan Angolan.

The Movement for Recognition November 30, He characterized the maroons of San Lorenzo de los Negros as proud men who would not be defeated. Though it is poorly documented, we know palenque life was simple: They also waged a campaign against Spanish colonial rule, raiding caravans that carried goods and other supplies between Veracruz and Mexico City.

As you said, there are many stories kept hiddenothers totally erased The maroons were an irregular force of fighters having some type of firearm, and more armed with stones, machetes, bows and arrows, and the like.

Yangs was said to be of the Bran tribe and was a direct descendant of the Royal family of Gabon. This article is part of their final examination for an English writing class taught by the editor of this publication. There is so much history that remains hidden on purpose.


Brought to Mexico in chains, Gaspar Yanga and his followers staged a bloody rebellion

Yanga’s terms were agreed to, with the additional provisos that only Franciscan priests would tend to the people, and that Yanga’s family would be granted the right of rule. The Spaniards refused and a battle ensued which caused numerous casualties for the Maroons and Spanish soldiers.

He acquired his first name, Gaspar, when he was captured and sold into slavery. Yanga struck an agreement with the colonial leader respecting Spain’s recognition of an autonomous region for the African community. Spain remained unable to rein in the resistance for more than three decades, in large part because of its leader: While the available official reports regarding the history of Gaspar Yanga is sorely lacking, local lore reports that Yanga escaped slavery from the region of the Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion plantation in After years of negotiations, inthe town of San Lorenzo de Los Negros was officially recognized by Spanish authorities gaspag a free black settlement.

After Africans arrived in Mexico, they were immediately introduced to different plantations and other work environments, with scarce provisions and no rights or basic human needs. Rumored to be of royal lineage from West AfricaYanga was an enslaved worker in the sugarcane plantations of Veracruz, Mexico. Love January 21, at Look at this video from Black History Heroes. The Olmecs, who were of African origin, were one of the first civilizations in Mesoamerica, back before the Aztecs and Mayans.

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A pure victory could not be named. Lamin Jallow October 20, at Yanga—who was quite old by this time—decided to use his troops’ superior knowledge of the terrain to resist the Spaniards, with the goal of causing them enough pain to draw them to the negotiating table. We welcome your suggestions.


Black History Heroes: Gaspar Yanga and Blacks in Mexico: African Slave Revolt in Veracruz

They were also held responsible for attacking nearby haciendas and kidnapping indigenous women. My great-grandfather was black and he was born in Veracruz. This was based largely on an account by historian Vicente Riva Palacio. The African and his followers killed 23 people and then fled the plantation for the untamed land.

Gaspr palenque would no longer entice slaves, and the Yanga followers would own their land.

All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from June Wikipedia articles needing page number citations gasoar December I had heard stories about Yanga, but the information you provided was much more informative.

Nice to know this about my heritage!!!

Gaspar Yanga | African abolitionist and colonial leader |

I really enjoyed this blog. She enjoys writing about relatable and controversial lifestyle issues that pertain to women ysnga Africa and the African diaspora. I found the information about Yanga to be very interesting. The resulting stalemate lasted years; finally, the Spanish agreed to parley. The battle came to a head at the Rio Blanco and resulted in major losses on both sides.

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