Spain (present-day Mexico), in , Gaspar Yanga led the escape of his fellow slaves into nearby mountains. There they lived for nearly 40 years, arming and. The heritage of Africans in Mexico after Christopher Columbus is a rarely explored topic in the history books of the Americas. Gaspar Yanga is one of the. Not keeping up with technology is an excellent path to becoming a slave. Happens to the best of humans. It happened to Gaspar Yanga, and.

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Yanga: An African Prince, Mexican Hero, and Freedom Leader

We are all one from the same root. They were also held responsible for attacking nearby haciendas and kidnapping indigenous women. Though it is poorly documented, we know palenque life was simple: We are all connected! The Maroons as they were named, built a contained colony where they and other runaway slaves lived. Seattle and the Nation The Commanders: We welcome your suggestions. He acquired his first name, Gaspar, when he was captured and sold into slavery.

Gaspar Yanga – Wikipedia

Never miss a story from Timelinewhen you sign up for Medium. Taking the role of spiritual and military leader, he structured the agricultural community in an ordered capacity, allowing its growth and occupation of various locations. The region where the Maroons inhabited…Atlanta Black Star. They say he was such a violent man, that he was a criminal, that he was a thief. The Olmec controlled this region during its empire over the region BC to BCwhich included the jurisdiction of the current nation of Mexico.


Didn’t know that there were blacks who look like me in Mexico which Ywnga am African American. Yanga, aka Nyanga, was said to be of the Bran people [2] and a member of the royal family of Gabon.

W Bill Smith August 13, at 2: I have enjoyed my recent studies and findings of great African exploits yangaa our world history, we have great military leaders such as ‘Hannibal Barca of late BC to to the great strategist of Queen Lamina of Nigeria.

Despite Mexico being located between the major African-slave-holding nations of Brazil and the U. Blacks in Colonial Latin America Albuquerque: Five decades later ywngaafter the Mexican independence, Gaspar Yanga was recognized as a hero of Mexico thanks to Gaspat Riva Palacio, the grandson of the Afro-Mexican President Vicente Guerrero, who gathered the first information about him. The inspirational music powerhouse who beat the odds and forever reigns as Rock and Roll Queen.

During these times of desperation, a particular individual stood out as one of the most important founders of one of the very first fights for the abolition of slavery ever recorded but unfortunately forgotten —GASPAR Gaspqr.

These people also defeated the French in what is known today as Cinco de Mayo. Some years later, the Spanish agreed to a truce.

BHH August 14, at 5: Gaspar Yanga and Blacks in Mexico: They lived unbothered for 30 years. Janga was based largely on an account by historian Vicente Riva Palacio. Kenya Waller November 6, at 8: We dont know who we really are. The maroons were an irregular force of fighters having some type of firearm, and more armed with stones, machetes, bows and arrows, and the like.


Gaspar Yanga

Bill, you also have a taspar blog with a wealth of information about Africans in Spanish-speaking countries. Because the people survived in part by raiding caravans taking goods along the Camino Real Royal Road between Veracruz and Mexico City, in the Spanish colonial government decided to undertake a campaign to regain control of this territory. Sign in Get started. Ina statute of Yanga was placed in the town of the gaspr name, honoring him.

Continue sharing this wealth of information. Today, the town reportedly hosts the “Carnival of Negritude” every August 10th in honor of Gaspar Yanga. Gaspar Yanga —often simply Yanga or Nyanga May 14, – [1] was an African known for being the leader of a maroon colony of slaves in the highlands near VeracruzMexico then New Spain during the early period of Spanish colonial rule.

Yanga struck an agreement with the colonial leader respecting Spain’s recognition of an autonomous region for the African community.