Yorbing Staff Wednesday August 28, 2019

*Featured Image: The Sun.co.uk, Aug 15, 2018.

How did the Spanish slavery begin? This question begs to be answered. the speaker below radio piece, The Takeaway, struggles to tell us what did the Spaniard do from the beginning? This interview is a huge setback. We want to know who started what, when and how. There’s more to the story that goes way back.

Apology must be accompanied by compensation first, without it its useless. So a military invader, Juan Ponce de Leon decides to ‘search’ for the eternal fountain of youth and ends up with the real cause of invasion of land and capture. Previously the same regional groups in the form of Portugal did the same invasion and capture tactics. They just garnish it to look righteous and accepting. The whole story is a classic case of a sad sordid and greedy gold booty for oneself. Its piracy and booty making quests that ended up with millions of people dead and enslaved for 100s of years.

The Washington Post article is a little bit more precise: “the Spanish-Afro-American historical experience in Florida…But it’s worth expanding that picture to include Spanish-occupied territory in what is now the United States….”

“In 1511 Spain’s King Ferdinand instructed his subjects in the New World to “get gold, humanely, if you can, but at all hazards, [to] get gold.” Spanish explorers heeded their king’s call. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who claimed it for Spain in 1513 when he was searching in vain for the Fountain of Youth and gold.”

“Spanish empire-building in the era was driven in part by desire for greater territory. Conquests in Mexico by Hernan Cortés in 1521 and in Peru by Francisco Pizarro between 1531 and 1534 had also produced an insatiable lust for gold that fueled the treasure hunt in the New World.”

WNYC The Takeaway, By Tanzina Vega, ‘Beyond 1619: Slavery Under The Spanish Crown’, Aug 27, 2019.

Last week, the New York Times Magazine published a critical, sweeping examination on the legacy of chattel slavery in the U.S. The 1619 Project looks back at when enslaved Africans first arrived on the shores of Virginia in August 1619.

It’s a central moment in our nation’s history, but some argue that slavery didn’t actually begin under the British crown in Jamestown. Under the Spanish crown, in what’s become present-day Florida, slavery dates back a full century before 1619.

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, a professor at Stetson Law School, recently wrote about expanding the history of slavery beyond the Anglo narrative, and she joined The Takeaway to walk us through this overlooked chapter. – WNYC The Takeaway.

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