First Blacks in The Americas

The African Presence in The Dominican Republic

Manuscript No. 055

Date:    1547, April 30.  Madrid, Spain
Theme: In a letter to the Audiencia of Santo Domingo, the Spanish Crown referred to the reportedly irregular work behavior of local cowboys or cattle ranch workers of La Española.  It is very likely that these cowboys were enslaved black Africans or their La Española-born descendants.
Source: PARES, Portal de Archivos Españoles—Archivo General de Indias, SANTO_DOMINGO,868,L.2,Fo. 342v.-344v.

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