Slavery in puerto rico was forced and the slaves were hard workers. In the early 1500's People from Africa were brought over to puerto rico. Over time they became Afro- puerto ricans (Bowman). Slave trade started when the spaniards "needed workers, and used the slaves imported from the Atlantic slave trade as labors". In 1873 slavery in Puerto rico ended. (Bowman) This shows that there were africans were being brought over all over the Atlantic and forced to do things for them.
resistance in puerto rico brought more people over and slave resistance grew. As slavery continue to grow, Slaves started to revolt back. "As the revolts grew and the number of enslaved Afro- Puerto Ricans increased, Puerto rico's governor General Juan Prim y Prats, put forth a law to corral local Blacks in May of 1848". (Carrillo). This shows that as more people were brought over and slavery grew they started to resist and which they gained and abolished slavery in puerto rico.
African culture connects to puerto rico because during the Transatlantic slave trade most slaves were brung from Africa to north America and by 1555 15,000 slaves from Africa were brought to puerto rico. "black slaves were in high demand in puerto rico, brining more africans to the island" (Diakite) Known as the “Capital of Traditions,” Loíza is the birthplace of Black Puerto Rican music and is where the dance Plena was born. Bomba music and other African-Taino infused food and traditions are commonplace here. Loíza artisans produce the colorful coconut masks displayed at festivals and make the unique Bomba drums"(black voice news)
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