Day 14: Juan Garrido

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today I celebrate Juan Garrido. He was the first African, the first black conquistador and the first FREE black to arrive in America and her surrounding sister lands. He traveled here in the 1500s, before the first slave ships.

He knew De Leon, Cortes… he helped search for the Fountain of Youth, Black Amazons… he also helped destroy the Aztecs. He published the “probanza.” He was born in West Africa, moved to Lisbon, Portugal and later lived in Spain before finally settling in Mexico City, Mexico.

Thanks Mr. Gates for this article.

“The more you know.”


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