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America's First Slave Revolt: Indians and African Slaves in Espanola, 1500-1534

Collection:
Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Contributor:
Stone,Erin Woodruff (Author)
Format:
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Apr 2013
Published:
Durham, NC: Duke University Press
ISBN:
0014-1801
Location:
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, United States, Blacks, Colonialism, Slavery, Slave insurrections, Historiography, Mexico, Indigenous peoples
Notes:
On Christmas Day 1521, in the Spanish colony of Santo Domingo, the first recorded slave revolt in the Americas occurred. A group of African, likely Wolof, slaves came together with native Indians led by the Taino cacique Enriquillo to assert their independence. Beyond being the first slave revolt in the Americas, it was also one of the most important moments in Colonial American history because it was the first known instance when Africans and Indians united against their Spanish overlords in the Americas.