“1696 Danckerts Map of Florida, the West Indies, and the Caribbean” #HGIS #georeference #Mexico

The reason this map captured my attention is because it showed Mexico as it was rendered by colonial geographers. Interestingly enough my focus on the map was less concerned with the hegemonic recasting of these landscapes deployed by Spanish conquistadors. My interest was in Malintzin, the enslaved Indigenous woman who was sold to Hernan Cortes, [...]

17th Century Legal Precedents on Race

Year Colony Latitude Longitude Key Provisions 1635 Barbados 13.19389 -59.5432 Governor declares that all Africans and Indians brought to the island to be considered enslaved unless they have a contract that says otherwise 1641 Massachusetts Bay 42.062868, -71.7184 Legalizes the enslavement of African captives within the colony 1643 Virginia 38.00354 -79.4588 Women of African descent [...]