Mexico and Peru
(1) More slaves were brought to Mexico and Peru than the United States.
(2) Mestizos in Mexico hide the black grandmother in the closet.
(3) La Bamba is a type of African dance music.
(4) In 1653, the number of blacks and mulattoes in Veracruz was roughly equal to the number of Whites living there.
(5) Mexicans are often to shocked to find out their ancestors were black.
(6) There was miscegenation in the English colonies and the Spanish colonies in the Caribbean and North America.
In the English colonies though, there were anti-miscegenation laws that prohibited black male/white female miscegenation, and the offspring of white male/black female miscegenation did not inherit the legal status of the White fathers. Mulattoes were treated as blacks.
In the Spanish colonies, mulattoes and mestizos were not regarded as blacks. They did not always inherit the legal status of their slave mothers. This failure to treat all mulattoes as black is why they were absorbed into the White population in Mexico.
(7) In Mexico, the slaves worked as domestics, as mine workers, and sometimes in sugar cane fields.
(8) By the end of the seventeenth century, interracial relationships were common. The Catholic Church permitted miscegenation. Free negroes were allowed to intermarry with Indians. White men increasingly impregnated black women.
(9) Black generals played a prominent role in the Mexican struggle for independence.
(10) The blackest part of Mexico is the Costa region or Costa Chica on the Pacific Coast in Southern Mexico. It is extremely poor.
(11) 100,000 black slaves were imported to Peru to work in the mines and on sugar plantations. Lima used to be around 40 percent black.
(12) Blacks still pick cotton in Peru.
(13) Only 27 percent of Afro-Peruvians finish high school and 2 percent get a college education.