The year is 1565, and the first new world is taking shape.
The first people of African heritage who came to the Americas, both here and the United States, and Latin America were free.
“The new world was built by three groups, the Europeans, the Indigenous, and the Africanos, and without any of those three, this would not have happened,” Kathleen A. Deagan, Curator of Archeology at the University of Florida.
The colonists had a tremendous stake in this particular venture called the enterprise of Florida.
“Free blacks became shop keepers and merchants and skilled artisans and craftsmen, in other words, what makes the colony function,” James Michael Francis, University of South Florida.
This document dates back to 1606, it notes the baptism of a free black child in Spanish Florida. one year before Jamestown was even founded.
This is America’s untold journey.