Everyday REsistance

During their time in Mexico, African slaves began to resist a little more everyday, for example maroon communities were created and by not just being treated as a slave. Gaspar Yanga was a slave that was eventually freed, he started to become the leader of a city that was full of runaway slaves that was called a maroon community. Yanga actually even got the Spanish to agree to sign a treaty that makes his community in Veracruz the first community of free slaves in Mexico (Medellin). Yanga’s actions show a clear act of resistance against the form of slavery. He was a brave leader that was willing to fight for the runaway slaves to have a safe place. Another form of everyday resistance was the fact that those who were slaves refused to be treated as just slaves. They would include their ideas into certain traditions, dance, and songs to make sure that they would create an impact on Mexico culture. The ways they have added their ideas is when they actually made the song La Bamba, and they would use the recipes from their country and show them to the Mexicans (Smith). This form of resistance seemed to work because even now their impact on Mexican culture is still shown, it shows resistance because they refused to be treated as workers who don’t belong, so it was a form of rebellion against slavery.

This is gaspar Yanga's Statue that is placed in Yanga,mexico


Works Cited

- African Influence in Mexico Has Roots in the Slave Trade. Journal Times, journaltimes.com/news/local/african-influence-in-mexico-has-roots-in-the-slave-trade/article_cafe346d-7a06-5414-bd1c-41b8bf11f390.html.

- Slavery in Mexico : Mexico History, www.mexconnect.com/articles/666-slavery-in-mexico.

- Yanga: The Forgotten Rebellion Against Colonial Rule in Mexico. CounterPunch.org, www.counterpunch.org/2018/06/01/yanga-the-forgotten-rebellion-against-colonial-rule-in-mexico/.

- Africa's Legacy In Mexico. Africa's Legacy, www.smithsonianeducation.org/migrations/legacy/almthird.html.

- From Bananas to La Bamba: Cultural Ties Between Africa and Mexico. Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture, www.pvamu.edu/tiphc/research-projects/afro-mexicans-afromestizos/from-bananas-to-la-bamba-cultural-ties-between-africa-and-mexico/.

- The Untold History of Afro-Mexicans, Mexico's Forgotten Ethnic Group. Culture Trip, theculturetrip.com/north-america/mexico/articles/the-untold-history-of-afro-mexicans-mexicos-forgotten-ethnic-group/.

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