Afro-Iberians in the Spanish Empire, 1500s and 1600s

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @12pm

Leo Garofalo, Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College.

Afro-Iberians as Black European Sailors, Soldiers, Travelers, and Traders in the Spanish Empire, 1500s and 1600s

From 1471 to 1700, enslaved and free African and European-born African people made up perhaps twenty-percent of southern Iberia’s urban populations. As sailors, soldiers, traders, artisans, and servants, they became part of Spanish expansion into the Americas and Asia and raiding and trading in Africa. Archival documents from the 1530s to 1680s reveal struggles for survival by individuals and families in branch of the African Diaspora rooted in Europe. Through their movement and resettlements, they helped shape Iberian, Ibero-American, and Philippine societies.

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For more:

Afro-Latino Voices, Shorter Edition: Translations of Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic Narratives. Eds. Kathryn Joy McKnight and Leo J. Garofalo. Cambridge: Hackett, 2015.

Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570-1640. By David Wheat. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016.

Treatise on Slavery: Selections from De instauranda Aethiopum Salute. By Alonso de Sandoval. Edited and Translated by Nicole von Germeten. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2008.

Documenting Latin America: Gender and Race, Empire. Vol. 1. Eds. Erin O’Connor and Leo J. Garofalo. New York: Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011.

How Did Early-Modern Slaves in Spain Disappear? (Tamar Herzog)

Trailer of “Gurumbe: Afro-Andalusian Memories

The musical legacy of black Africans in Spain: A review of our sources (Aurelia Martín-Casares and Marga G. Barranco)