Slavery in Mexico
Some would think Of them as squires. By the year 1570, the population of Africans in Mexico was 20,569. But with time came an enormous increase in number.
The number nearly doubled by 1 646 with a population of 35,089. Out of all colonies in the Western Hemisphere, historical records show that Mexico (New Spain) had the most enslaved Africans over the three hundred years the slave trade lasted and had brought in around 200,000 Africans. Many blacks had been born in Mexico and were forced to follow their parents into the act of Slavery.Due to diseases killing off a great number of colonists, the labor of Africans was vital. They took on a majority of the burden of work. The slaves were used for labor in silver mines in many areas including Taco, Scatters, Upchuck, and Conjugate in the central and northern regions. In southern regions, they were used on sugar plantations of the Morels and Valve De Arizona.
The west coast recruited them in textile factories. But not all slaves went into these trades. Others worked as household slaves or worked in skilled trade, or on cattle ranches.The number of African slaves never surpassed more than two percent of Mexico population but with all the labor they had put in, their contributions were tremendous. Slavery in Mexico was just as brutal as slavery in any other region, if not worse. Slaves were tortured especially and psychologically. The abuse was constant and resisting oppression would would end in mutilation, torture, whipped and sometimes being put into confinement.
In result to this, death rates were extremely high among the slaves, especially for those who irked in the mines and plantations.Incredibly, through the rough times, the slaves still managed to keep their pride and maintain a sense of self. They had created networks in which would allow them to express themselves and keep their self worth. Eventually, the networks had spread all throughout Mexico which had allowed the Africans to preserve at least some of their heritage. With this network, it allowed many slaves to find spouses and marry in their ethic group or sometimes even other ethnic groups. With this came a rising population in mixed bloods.A majority of these mixed bloods were either born free or had in time obtained their liberty.
A great number of slaves had fled from their owners to different areas of the country to establish settlements. After time, the colonists were unable to defeat the Africans that had fled so they finally recognized their freedom in which the freed slaves were then able to build their own tmГ?. The leader of the town, Yang, still to this day remains a great symbol in Mexico for black resistance. Eventually, in 1 829, the last slaves were freed by President Guerdon. On gaining their freedom, they had left behind them cultural and genetic imprints in every region they had once been a slave of. Over time, the decedents of these once slaved Africans had no longer seen themselves as members of the many African ethnic groups, although they did still hold evidence of their ancestry. They then identified themselves as Mexican and with it being their homeland, they had much to share with the other members of Mexico.
Some African traditions are still alive in some parts of Mexico.Much has changed in the country since slavery had been abolished and many traditions have been lost due to the constant change in society. Luckily, some of the small minority has been able to keep the tradition of music, dance, and Song. Up until recent times, Mexico had not been kind to the achievements of the African people.