Sep 4, 2015
The Philadelphia Tribune - Afro-Mexicans, the descendants of Mexico’s original slaves, have resided in the country for several centuries. Many Mexicans assume Black nationals hail from the Caribbean; however, colonial records show that around 200,000 African slaves were imported into Mexico in the 16th and 17th centuries to work in silver mines, sugar plantations and cattle ranches. After Mexico won its independence from Spain, slavery was officially abolished in 1822. Since then, the country’s native Blacks have encountered cultural stigma, and although considerably removed from their African roots, they have retained an essence of their historical past.
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