First Blacks in The Americas

The African Presence in The Dominican Republic

Manuscript No. 022

Date: 1527, June 28. Valladolid, Spain
Theme: Worried by the presence in La Española of a population of enslaved black men much larger than that of the white colonists and who might attempt to rebel against the latter, king Charles V mandated the carrying of enslaved black women to the colony, and the promotion of marriage among “blacks”
Source: PARES, Portal de Archivos Españoles—Archivo General de Indias,INDIFERENTE,421,L.12,F.151R- 152R

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