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Afro-Mexicans: The Third Root of Mexico

Githiora, Chege (2011) 'Afro-Mexicans: The Third Root of Mexico.' Journal of African Renaissance , 8 (2). pp. 10-24.

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Abstract

This article discusses a little known branch of the African Diaspora: Afro-Mexicans, who make up the chronological third “root” of modern Mexico, after the indigenous Mexican and Spanish European. Documented presence of Africans in Mexico goes back to start of the colony of New Spain, as Mexico was then called, in mid-16th century. It is argued that the planting of an African root in Mexico is best understood as part of the transnational capitalism related to mining and sugar industry – slavery, and indentured labour for the building roads and railways of 19th century Mexico. The paper argues that the little recognition given to Afro-Mexicans within their own nation state today is partly a result of the official doctrine of mestizaje developed in the early 20th century which belies its founding in official racism of the colony introduced by influential intellectuals of Mexico.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Centre for Cultural, Literary and Postcolonial Studies
Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa
Institutes and Regional Centres > Centre of African Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DP Spain
D History General and Old World > DT Africa
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
ISSN: 17442532
Depositing User: Chege Githiora
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2015 16:23
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/21395

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