Monday, February 12, 2018

Black History Month: Yanga's Army

Black History Month may be nearly over, but here's someone we just learned about, and well worth knowing! His name was Gaspar Yanga, and thanks to animator David Heredia, we have a great animated lesson suitable for classrooms.

After being taken from his home in West Africa and forced into slavery in Mexico, Gaspar Yanga became one of the first black liberators in the Americas. Decades before the American Civil War, he led one of the most successful slave rebellions in our hemisphere.

After being forced into slavery on the sugar plantations in Veracruz, Mexico, he escaped around 1570. Gaspar and his followers headed into the mountainous terrain of Veracruz, where they flourished unchallenged for nearly 30 years. Later, his group constantly fended off Spanish military attacks. Years later, he was officially awarded land under a treaty. The town of Yanga is named in his honor.

Here's the video.

You can click here to see more of Heredia's work.

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