First Blacks in The Americas

The African Presence in The Dominican Republic

Manuscript No. 040

Date: 1594, October 9 
Theme: A black African man sold as a slave by French smugglers on La Española’s northern 
coast claimed a right to freedom based on his African original social status of nobility 
Source: Archivo General de Indias, Escribanía, 17B, fo.1v.-3r., CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Dominican Colonial Documents Collection.

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