Black History Heroes: Gaspar Yanga and Blacks in Mexico: 1570 African Slave Revolt in Veracruz

Gaspar Yanga, el libertador de Yanga, el Prime...

Gaspar Yanga, el libertador de Yanga, el Primer pueblo libre de América. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Yangas early palenques would turn into decades-long resistance against colonial Spain. In 1609, Spains viceroy of New Spain the colonial name of Mexico was Luis de Velasco, Marquis of Salinas. That year, Velasco sent Captain Pedro González on a military expedition against the Yanga palenques. The battle came to a head at the Rio Blanco and resulted in major losses on both sides. By 1631, viceroy of New Spain Rodrigo Pacheco began negotiations with the Gaspar Yanga resistance. Yanga struck an agreement with the colonial leader respecting Spains recognition of an autonomous region for the African community. The first official name was San Lorenzo de los Negros aka San Lorenzo de Cerralvo, near Córdova. Since 1932, the Mexican town has bore the name of its liberator Gasper Yanga. Yanga is important to the people of Mexico and America,\” said Gordillo Jaime Trujullo, who along with his wife Maria Dolores Flores promotes the towns history. \”It is a great deal and has not been taken into account. This town is the birthplace of freedom. The most important legacy of black Yanga is freedom. Freedom is what we appreciate most in this community.\”

 

 

 

via Black History Heroes: Gaspar Yanga and Blacks in Mexico: 1570 African Slave Revolt in Veracruz.

 

 

 

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