AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum
In Response To: Africans at Jamestown- Washington Post ()
Many of us remember
"In 1620 please remember,
and thus started the "history" many of us remember from grade school & High school.
And indeed the Pilgrims did land in December, and I have helped one young man trace his acnestors to them......
But the history of the settlement of the east coast is MUCH more complex:
"The first Spanish town in what is now the United States was not in Florida, but somewhere between 30 degrees and 34 degrees North. It was built in 1526, by Luis Vasquez de Ayllon, a Spanish official based on Hispaniola. In 1520, Ayllon had ordered a slaving expedition, and in 1526, set out himself with approximately 500 Spanish colonists--including women, children, and three Dominican friars--and a number of African slaves."
Some reading fot the holiday:
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