Long overlooked by most of us, the African presence in Mexico
(or New Spain) dates back to the 1600s. By the end of the 18th
century, nearly 10% of New Spain's people could trace some
African ancestry — and even when they were not enslaved
were still confined by the caste-like society of colonial
Spanish America. Ben Vinson, an expert on the subject and author
of Bearing Arms for His Majesty: The
Free-Colored Militia in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University
Press, 2001), joins us for lunch. Please respond by April 25 if
you would like to attend.
Professor Vinson will also give a talk later in the day (4:30 pm
in E51-275). The talk is part of the History Faculty's
Sahin Lecture Series
and is open to all.