Essay on A Simple Observation Of Mexico

1667 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
A simple observation of Mexico’s current demographic statistics makes it difficult to believe that the slave population of New Spain, modern day Mexico, was the largest in the Americas at one point in time. Just one percent of the Mexican population currently identifies as being of African descent, a significantly smaller portion of the population than other former slave colonies in the Americas. This small prevalence of the Afro-Mexican population has led to a lost history of these people, especially with the Mexican government 's past efforts to create a general nationalistic identity that favors the mestizo narrative. However, the heavy involvement of the church in the story of slavery and creolization in New spain distinguishes this narrative from those told elsewhere.
Through the recollection of the catholic church’s colonial archive, Herman Bennett uncovers portions of the Afro-Mexican diaspora narrative in his books: Colonial blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico and Africans in Colonial Mexico: Absolutism, Christianity, and Afro-Creole Consciousness, 1570-1640. Africans in Colonial Mexico depicts colonial mexico as a prime example within the larger narrative of catholic absolutism while Colonial Blackness focuses on identity formation of african slaves over several generations. Together, the two works written at different times during Herman Bennett’s academic career, create a rich picture of creole identity formation with the influence of the catholic church 's grasp…

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