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From Africa to the Americas: Ethnicity in the Early Black Communities of the Americas
Colin A. Palmer
Journal of World History
Vol. 6, No. 2 (Fall, 1995), pp. 223-236
Published by: University of Hawai'i Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20078639
Page Count: 14
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Scholarship on the formative period of the African presence in the Americas is still in its infancy. Historians know little about the ways in which Africans sought to recreate the cultural worlds from which they came, even as they responded to new challenges. This essay explores the role of ethnicity in the construction of the lives of African-born slaves in Mexico City during the years when slaves were present in relatively large numbers. An analysis of the surviving marriage licenses shows that ethnicity was the most important factor in spousal choices; this finding has large implications for our understanding of the nature and evolution of black life in the Americas.
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