Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Updates from Mexico

Sagrario Cruz-Carretero (Institute of Anthropology at University of Veracruz, Mexico) presents on Africa in Florida: Five Hundred Years of African Presence in the Sunshine State at Feria Internacional del Libro Universitario (FILU), Xalapa. 

The panel discussed the merits of the book, Africa in Florida, and what it means for Mexicans who are coming to terms with their own complex heritage, which includes historical linkages between Mexico and Florida.  Cruz-Carretero contributed Chapter 8, "From Florida to Veracruz: The Foundation of San Carlos Chachalacas" in which she writes about a community of free Blacks in the 18th century who migrated from northern Florida to Veracruz, Mexico. Her chapter demonstrates the complexity of racial categories at that time, which were further complicated by the various policies of several different governments.

A presentation about Africa in Florida in Feria Intercional del Libro Universitario (FILU), Xalapa; organized by of the University of Veracruz, Mexico.May 12, 2014 
From right to left: Dr. Álvaro Alcántara (Historian specializing in people of African descent in Mexico and Latin America); Dr. Carlos Casas Mendoza (Anthropologist specializing in festivities and identities between ethnic groups in Mexico and Brazil), Sagrario Cruz Carretero (Anthropologist and historian specializing in people of African decent in Mexico) ; and Dr. Rafael Figueroa (Historian specializing in the popular music of Mexico and the Caribbean).

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