First Blacks in The Americas

The African Presence in The Dominican Republic

Manuscript No. 039

Date:  1579, April 22.  Santo Domingo, La Española
Theme:  In the late 1570s colonial royal prosecutor of La Española Gaspar de Torres recommended the importing of large amounts of enslaved blacks at affordable prices to work in the gold mines of the colony, together with an end of the trade monopoly by Seville, as keys to the survival of the colony and as an alternative to the widespread illegal trade that diminished the Crown’s local revenues
Source: PARES, Portal de Archivos Españoles--Archivo General de Indias, SANTO_DOMINGO, 51,R. 2, N. 34

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