Did you know that Mexico was the first country in North America to be led by a Black President, not the United States? That fact may be startling to citizens of a country that thinks of itself as a trail breaker (USA)
In 1829, Vicente Guerrero of African, Mixteca or Tlapaneca and Spanish heritage was named the second president of Mexico. That’s almost 200 years before Barack Obama. Outside the continental Americas in the Caribbean the date is even earlier for the first Black head of state, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, was governor-general of Haiti in 1804!
Here’s the link to my post about Presidente Vicente Guerrero. Click on his name for a summary of his presidency. He was the great emancipator of Mexico, freeing the slaves. That will be key information for next week’s post South to Freedom, about a little known line of the Underground Railroad that led to Mexico!
The Black Seminoles knew about it. Why hasn’t US history covered it?
Gracias for reading Fake Flamenco! ¡Olé! –Rebecca