Slave Refugees in the U.S.- Mexico Borderlands

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Lunch Plática with Dr. Manuel Galván. Starting in the early seventeenth century, Africans enslaved in the English North American colonies found opportunities for a less oppressive existence in Spanish Florida, where the Spanish established alliances with indigenous people from the region and with slave refugees against their common rival, the English empire. This pattern continued in Spanish Texas and then in Mexico. This Día de la Raza talk explores how, after the Mexicans abolished slavery in the early nineteenth century, thousands of slave refugees fled the United States and found freedom in Mexico, becoming part of the fabric of Mexican society and contributing to the defense of the nation against attacks from the North. This event originally took place on Monday, October 12, 2020. Austin Community College Interdisciplinary Studies.

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