A law promulgated by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great in 332 CE required serfs to remain on the land and to submit to the demands of the lord and his agents. Continue reading
Christopher Columbus (c. 1451 – 20 May 1506) was an Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer. Born in the Republic of Genoa, under the auspices of the Catholic Monarchs of Spain he completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean. Continue reading
Christopher Columbus on his second voyage, on his second voyage, in 1493, imported slaves to the New World (other than indigenous people enslaved by other indigenous people), they were African slaves. They were followed by European slaves imported by Spanish settlers of the colony in Santo Domingo on the island of Hispaniola (now the capital of the Dominican Republic). Then in 1502, a man by the name of Nicolas de Ovando, the first royal governor of the West Indies, received official authorization from the queen of Spain to import African slaves “born in the power of Christians.” Even though Ovando had already instituted a system of peonage for the natives of the island, the Africans were brought in because they were thought to be more productive labourers than the Indians.
Nicolas de Ovando,
Royal Governor of the West Indies
- Africans Came with Columbus to New World – Live Science
Teeth from exhumed skeletons of crew members Christopher Columbus left on the island of Hispaniola more than 500 years ago reveal the presence of at least one African in the New World as a contemporary of the explorer, it was announced.
- Slavery and Spanish Colonization – Digital History
Christopher Columbus believed that Indians would serve as a slave labor force for Europeans, especially on the sugar cane plantations off the western coast of north Africa.
- Slavery and Colonialism Make Up the True Legacy of Columbus …
I expected that ”The Real Columbus Day, at Last” (editorial, Oct. 12) would explore, however briefly, the real meaning of Christopher Columbus’s accidental encounter with America.
- AFRICAN EXPLORERS AND SETTLERS OF THE NEW WORLD
We have been taught that the populating of the Americas began with the migration of Asian peoples across the land bridge from Siberia to Alaska, and this is true.
- African Slave Trade across the Atlantic Ocean – Links to the Past – Tripod
The map above gives the routes and years of African exploration; the year of Christopher Columbus’s voyage discovering the Americas; and the earliest times when African captives were brought to the Americas including the English Colony at Jamestown, Virginia.
- Christopher Columbus – Wikipedia
The name Christopher Columbus is the Anglicisation of the Latin Christophorus Columbus. His name in Italian is Cristoforo Colombo and, in Spanish, it is Cristóbal Colón.