First Blacks in The Americas

The African Presence in The Dominican Republic

Manuscript No. 001

Date: 1497, July 22nd. Medina del Campo, Spain. 
Theme:  Decree by the Catholic Monarchs granting lands to the early settlers of La Española for the cultivation of certain crops and under certain conditions, including sugarcanes. Sugar production in Iberian possesions at the time was mostly based on black enslaved labor
Source:  PARES, Portal de Archivos Españoles--Archivo General de Indias, Patronato,295,No. 38, y Archivo General de Simancas,CCA,DIV,6,1-Imágenes Núm: 109/84 y 110/84.

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