Essay on Black History And Culture Of Honduras

799 Words Mar 9th, 2016 4 Pages
Black History and Culture in Honduras The people of Honduras are descendants of African slaves, who have made a name for themselves through their maintenance of culture. Their food, music and history are something for the books. Yet for some reason, you really do not hear much about them. The Honduran people are separated into two various categories, the Creole and the Garifunas. They are similar in some ways such as their fishing culture as well as how they made into to the country known as Honduras.
During the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, more Africans intended for slavery went to Central and South America than the US, which caused more African descendants throughout Latin America. African migrants and indigenous Indians blended together, giving birth to the Afro-Honduran people or “Garifuna”. They helped create trends that are still popular today, such as dreadlocks, “mixing” of languages, and much more.
Let us begin with how the Afro-Honduran people came to be. West Africans that were destined for slavery that somehow ended up ship-wrecked or managed to escape from the Caribbean Islands intermarried immigrants of South America and gained their name Garifunas. They eventually spread to other countries to establish fishing villages in places such as Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. With help from the Spanish, Honduran Garifuna 's transported themselves from Roatan, which is the largest island in the Honduras Bay, to the mainland.
The Garifuna are one of the two only…

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