image of the black: faces of afro-Mexicans

Mexico has an estimated population of 1.4 million people known as Black Mexicans,  Afro-Mexicans or Afro-descendants who largely consist of descendants of enslaved Africans transported to Mexico during the period of Spanish colonization.

Afro-Mexicans played vital roles in the Mexican War of Independence (1810 – 1821) which ended Spanish colonial rule, the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) which challenged the landed oligarchy and contributed to Mexico's culinary and musical heritage.

Afro-Mexicans can be found in the communities of the Costa Chica of Oaxaca and Guerrero, Veracruz and in some cities in northern Mexico. We have curated some stunning photos highlighting this African Presence in Mexico

 

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