First Blacks in The Americas

The African Presence in The Dominican Republic

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CUNY DOMINICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE PRESENTS "FIRST BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS" WEBSITE

The CUNY DOMINICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE (CUNY DSI), a research unit of the City University of New York housed at The City College of New York, has announced the publication of their online academic and educational platform "First Blacks in the Americas," the first digital bilingual platform devoted to disseminating the history of the early inhabitants of black-African ancestry of today's Dominican Republic, then a Spanish colony named La Española (Hispaniola, in English) that occupied the entire island of the same name, shared today by the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Haiti. See more...

 

 

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"SIXTEENTH-CENTURY LA ESPAÑOLA," NOW AVAILABLE

The pioneering exhibit “Sixteenth-century La Española: Glimpses of the first blacks of the early colonial Americas”, shown for the first time at the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute between the months of March and August of 2015, is now available as a travelling exhibit for interested institutions. The exhibit is composed by 25 poster-size panels, each showcasing a particular document from sixteenth-century La Española that mentions one or several aspects of the lives of the black inhabitants of this first European colony in the Americas. Each document is accompanied by a paleographic transcription, an English translation, a contextual comment and an image of a historic site from colonial times in La Española. See more...