The racial mix that many people think of in Latin America is White European Spanish with First Nation Peoples. That is only a fraction of the story. Afro-Latinos are important in their contributions to history and culture throughout the Americas. Here are 15 examples:

1738: Black Freedom Fort Built in Florida

Afro-Chileans Hidden in Plain Sight

Ilia Calderon’s Timely Autobiography

Maria From Sesame Street Writes a Stellar YA Novel

Miriam Jiménez Román on Afro-Latin@ History

20 Nicaraguan Córdobas from 1940 Photo credit: Around the World in 80 Currencies

Rafaela Herrera Defeats the British Navy

7 Ways South American Christmas Differs

The Legacy of Rod Carew

Throwback Thursday: San José, Costa Rica

West Side Story Reborn; Rita Moreno Executive Producer

Afro-Mexican Life Guard Photo: Rebecca Cuningham

Where are the Afro-Mexicans?

Who Was the First Black President of the Americas?

Who Was the First Free Black Man in The Americas?

Who Was the Last Black Governor of California?

Who’s Venezuela’s Black Revolutionary War Hero?

Afro-Mexican Folkloric Dancer Photo: Rebecca Cuningham